Violence flared in the southern US city of Charlotte, North Carolina, in a second night of unrest ignited by the fatal police shooting of a black man. Charlotte officials appealed for calm on Thursday, hours after violent riots stemming from a controversial police shooting of a black man injured several police officers and civilians and resulted in 44 arrests.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency at 12:30 a.m. and called in the National Guard after Charlotte’s police chief said he needed the help.
The events that we saw last night are not the Charlotte I know and love, Mayor Jennifer Roberts said during a Thursday morning news conference. They are not reflective of our community, of the deep-seated traditions we have of collaboration and peace.
Roberts called for a full, transparent investigation of the police shooting on Tuesday of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, however, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney would not commit to releasing video of the incident to the public. Putney said Scott's family had asked to see the video and authorities were trying to accommodate that request.
What started out on Wednesday evening as a prayer vigil after Scott's shooting turned into an angry march and then a night of violence. A man was shot and critically wounded as protesters charged police in riot gear trying to protect an upscale hotel.
Video obtained which was recorded right after the shooting, shows someone lying in a pool of blood as people scream and a voice yells for someone to call for help. People are then told to back up from the scene.
The chaos resulted in two police officers receiving treatment for eye injuries and three others for heat-related issues, Putney said. Nine civilians were also hurt. The 44 people arrested were charged with varying crimes, including failure to disperse, assault and breaking and entering.
Demonstrators shouted black lives matter and hands up; don't shoot while cursing at officers with bicycles blocking intersections. As the protesters approached the Omni hotel, officers in riot gear lined up outside arm in arm and a few marchers threw bottles and clods of dirt.
Immediately after the Omni shooting, police began firing flash grenades and protesters threw fireworks. Police then fired tear gas, and the crowd of hundreds dispersed.
But not all the marchers left. Police in riot gear then began marching arm in arm through downtown Charlotte intersections, shooting tear gas at people who charged them. At least one protester knocked down a CNN reporter during a live shot.
Putney defended his officers' actions in an interview. We're trying to disperse the crowd, Putney said. We've been very patient, but now they've become very violent.
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BLM:Sep 23rd, 2016 - 03:15 am 0
Looking for any reason to riot.
The difference is,
Rosa Parks didn't set the bus on fire!
I wish the likes of all my admirers here who save and archive every post I make, to supposedly call me out on all my contradictions or failed promises, would have the impartiality to also mention when I was right (which is all the time), but alas, they are ANGLOS, so they are incapable of giving credit where credit is due if this act somehow diminishes their own personal standing or cultural supremacy worldview.Sep 23rd, 2016 - 03:49 am 0
One of the first things I said coming here 5 or 6 years ago to Yankeeboy and Captain Poppy all those years back was wait till 2016. I predicted then the economy would start to dive, you would have crazy people come into power, and also Burn Baby Burn.
Well, there is a reason I am called the NosTROLLdamus of the 21st century.
I was right, and I saw it all years in advanced.
The US is going into a social war, the economy is about to tank, and you will have a Mussolini Light come to power. The USA is in the middle of a toilet bowl with someone just activating the button....
Is that where Nostrils comes from?Sep 23rd, 2016 - 06:20 am 0
I predict that Evita K is going to prison for corruption, but not until we've heard five or six years of caterwauling.