National Guard called in as violent protests roil Charlotte


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has rejected those claims and said the gun had been recovered by detectives.

The shooting of Scott has hit a deep nerve in a nation reeling from a spate of police shootings of black men.

Police have been using tear gas, rubber bullets and flash grenades to break up some of the protests.

Two of the officers suffered minor eye injuries, while three others had heat-related ailments.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Charlotte police refused under mounting pressure Thursday to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man, as the National Guard arrived to try to head off a third night of violence in this city on edge.

Chants from protesters included the refrain "hands up, don't shoot" that has been heard in places all over the United States during the past few years in response to the use of deadly force by police.

In 2013, Charlotte police charged one of their own, Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter within days, after the white officer shot an unarmed black man who had been in a wreck and was looking for help.

District Attorney R. Andrew Murray said in a statement Thursday that he was making the request for a state investigation at the request of Scott's family. North Carolina has a law that takes effect October 1 requiring a judge to approve releasing police video, and Putney said he doesn't release video when a criminal investigation is ongoing. Dino Davis said. "They say it was the tear gas, and it looked like one the tear gas exploded".

A total of nine civilians were injured including one shot who is now in critical condition.

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She states her father, whom she describes as disabled, was waiting for a school bus to drop off his son and was sitting in his vehicle reading a book.

Minister Steve Knight of Mission gathering Christian Church in Charlotte said he saw the victim, "go down on the pavement".

Expect a "heavy uniformed presence" throughout they city, Putney said.

A wounded protester is carried into the parking area of the Omni Hotel.

"It is important that we have a full and transparent investigation of the original incident", Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts told reporters in a press conference. She said she felt like she had to protest, because "if nobody else is going to do it, then we're still going to be in the same position". Others set fire to trash cans.

"It was apparent right away that this was a very unsafe and provocative situation", Leach said.

Glass and uprooted plants can be seen on the sidewalk from the protests Wednesday night.

"People are getting away with murders, and we just want to know why they're getting away with them", he said. Protesters immediately surrounded the man, he said.