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Governor declares state of emergency following Charlotte unrest

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she's considering imposing a curfew today after two nights of violent protests have rocked the North Carolina city. Police then fired tear gas, and the crowd of hundreds dispersed.

One person was shot during the protests and is on life support, city officials announced on Twitter.

The protests came in the wake of Tuesday's fatal shooting of the 43-year-old Scott.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters that the officer who shot Scott felt he posed an "imminent threat" and that a gun was recovered at the scene.

Police say Scott refused repeated commands to drop his gun, but residents say he was unarmed.

Speaking on the morning after a second night of unrest in North Carolina's largest city over the killing, Putney said he has seen the video of the confrontation and it's unclear that Keith Lamont Scott was pointing a weapon at police.

The Charlotte violence unfolded as demonstrators in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called for the arrest of a police officer there who was seen in widely viewed videos shooting to death an unarmed black man who had his hands in clear view at the time.

Public anger erupted Tuesday evening after a black police officer shot and killed Kevin Lamont Scott, who was waiting in his auto for his son's school bus in the afternoon.

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The family of a black man shot to death by a police officer in Charlotte is calling on protesters to be peaceful. Officials are concerned with whether or not there will be enough police officers to keep the city in order and also keep the stadium secure.

Defense attorney Toussaint Romain shouts during protests September 21, 2016 in Charlotte.

The protests continued for the second day and the scene grew violent again as night fell on Charlotte. As dusk turned to night, the protests erupted into violence as the protesters engaged in skirmishes with CMPD officers in riot gear.

Police said they were not responsible for the injury and were trying to break up inter-protester violence.

On Wednesday night, scores of demonstrators in the city's bustling downtown section attacked reporters and others, smashed windows of hotels, office buildings and restaurants, and set small fires.

The officer spoke to NBC Charlotte and said he was sitting in his patrol vehicle and witnessed the man get shot.

"Upon a recent request of Chief Putney, the National Guard and State Highway Patrol are sending in resources to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department", said Governor McCrory. Officer Brentley Vinson, who is black, then shot him. City officials say police did not fire on the victim. "At this point, there is speculation because the videos have not been released". "I certainly would feel better being able to see it", she said, adding that she doesn't know how conclusive the video footage is until she watches it.

Several companies based in the area have told their employees to stay home Thursday. The police chief said a gun was found next to the dead man, and there was no book.

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