Governor Pat McCrory of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, after violence erupted during a second night of protests over the police killing of a black man.
“Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency upon the request Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney,” read a statement from the governor’s office.
“The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.”
Scores of protesters on Wednesday night shouted slogans, including “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter” while filling the streets of downtown Charlotte.
The protests came after Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at an apartment complex on Tuesday.
However, McCrory, in a statement on Wednesday night, said: “Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated.”
“I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.”
“Upon a very recent request of Chief Putney, the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.”
On Thursday morning, the North Carolina National Guard arrived in Charlotte at the center near Billy Graham Parkway.
The National Guard and the State Highway Patrol were deployed to the area on the suggestion of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.