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Charlotte Shooting: State Of Emergency Amid Protests

The North Carolina governor has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, as unrest continues over the police killing of a black man.
Violence erupted for a second night after Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday.

One protester is in a critical condition after a “civilian on civilian” shooting, the city said.
Mr Scott was the third black man killed by police in a week. Such shootings have sparked huge protests recently.

Riot police in Charlotte used tear gas as they faced hundreds of protesters. The local police department said four officers were injured.

Earlier North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said he had “initiated efforts” to deploy the national guard and highway patrol to help deal with the protests.

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

Police were serving an arrest warrant on another person when they say they saw Mr Scott get out of a car with a handgun.

Officers say he was repeatedly told to drop his handgun before he was shot but his family say he was reading a book, as he waited for his son to be dropped off by the school bus.

Dash-cam footage of the incident will be viewed by Charlotte’s mayor but not released to the public “at that time”, the city said.

Source:BBC

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