North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte following protests in the wake of a police officer shooting of a black man.
The National Guard and state troopers have been summoned to help abate the violence, McCrory said. The protests erupted and continued for the last two nights following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.
As reported by ABC 7 NY, Scott’s daughter posted an hour-long video on social media, saying her father was unarmed and was suffering from a disability.
The incident occurred when the police, who were serving arrest warrants on another person, saw Scott leave his vehicle with what the police chief described was a handgun. Scott was shot; the police chief said other members of the force had made “loud, clear” instructions that Scott drop his weapon.
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While Scott was said to be dead initially, city officials later clarified that he remains in critical condition, on life support.
Speaking about the protests, McCrory said in a statement, “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.”
According to LA Times, Wednesday’s protests led to four law enforcement officers and two other people being wounded. Police have said the injuries sustained are non-life-threatening.
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“Last 24 hours of violent protest worst I have ever seen in Charlotte,” Rep. Kelly Alexander Jr. (D-Mecklenburg), tweeted. Alexander Jr. called for the authorities to release police dashboard-camera video of the shooting “ASAP.”
John Barnett, who runs the civil rights group True Healing Under God, urged the authorities to release the video; adding it may be the only way for the police to gain people’s trust.
“Just telling us this is still under investigation is not good enough for the windows of the Wal-Mart,” Barnett said.