Charlotte Shooting: State Of Emergency Declared In US City

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Charlotte Shooting: State Of Emergency Declared In U.S. City

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.

The demonstrators are angry that Mr Scott, 43, was killed by police on Tuesday afternoon at a block of flats in disputed circumstances.
The demonstrators are angry that Mr Scott, 43, was killed by police on Tuesday afternoon at a block of flats in disputed circumstances. Reuters

“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 deceased: Keith Lamont Scott, who was said to have been armed  and was fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at an apartment complex Tuesday.
The deceased: Keith Lamont Scott, who was said to have been armed and was fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at an apartment complex Tuesday.

The protests came after Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at an apartment complex on Tuesday.

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Relatives say Mr Scott was reading a book when shot, but police say he was holding a weapon.

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.

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