Charlotte protests: State of emergency declared after violent clashes

Charlotte protests: State of emergency declared after violent clashes

North Carolina's largest city is under a state of emergency, after another night of violence over the police killing of a black man.

WBTV photo of tear gas being deployed Wednesday night in downtown Charlotte.

The shooting led to protests in the city Tuesday night that blocked I-85, and resulted in damaged police cars and 16 injured officers.

Protesters react to a police helicopter during protests in the early hours of September 21, 2016, in Charlotte, N.C., in response to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Some protesters banged on glass windows, others threw objects at police and stood on cars as police appeared to fire tear gas, prompting demonstrators to run.

Keith Lamont Scott, a father of seven, was killed by police in an apartment complex parking lot Tuesday as officers looked for another man named in a warrant they were trying to serve. Police say he had a gun, but neighbors and his family say he only had a book.

Putney said evidence and witnesses support the officers' claim that Scott was armed.

Police officers take a moment to rest after a night of clashing with rioters protesting the death of Keith Scott. Police Chief Kerry Putney told reporters Thursday he planned to show video of the shooting to Scott's family but would not immediately be releasing it to the public. City officials have said it was not the police who fired the shot.

The video could be key to resolving the chasm between police, who say Scott refused repeated commands to drop his gun, and residents who say he was unarmed.

Vinson has worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg police for two years.

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Scott's family, however, has said he was not armed and was holding a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off from school. In the meantime, the city has erupted with anger and fear, as peaceful protests evolve into moments of violence and vandalism.

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The police chief said Scott was holding a gun and posed a threat to officers, and that the policeman who shot him was black. But a woman who said she is Scott's daughter claimed on a live-streamed video that Scott was unarmed when he was shot .

Four officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries and at least three civilians were hospitalized.

Several journalists were also reportedly attacked. The police chief was unable to say if Scott had been pointing his weapon at officers.

"He got out of his vehicle, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered", said Taheshia Williams, whose balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon. "I can tell you we did not find a book", the chief said.

Major companies with offices in downtown Charlotte are telling their employees to stay home after two nights of violent protests following the shooting of a black man by police earlier this week.

After the shooting, protesters began throwing bottles, dirt clods and fireworks at the officers.

Video footage of the shooting is being reviewed, authorities say.

On Tuesday, she said, Scott had only a book in his hands and was following orders.

Already tonight we have seen civilians, police and emergency responders injured. The chief said the gun was recovered at the scene. Lawyers for the Crutcher family released still images from police videos showing the vehicle window was shut and said the use of force was not justified.

North Carolina has a law that takes effect October 1 requiring a judge to approve releasing police video, but Putney has said he doesn't release video when a criminal investigation is ongoing.

"I want to assure the people of North Carolina that our SBI has already been assisting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department throughout the last 24 hours".