Charlotte shooting: State of emergency amid protests

North Carolina’s governor 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.

Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a black officer on Tuesday.

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One protester remains in a critical condition after a “civilian on civilian” shooting, police said.

Nine protesters were also injured while police arrested 44 people, according to the police chief.

Protests Break Out In Charlotte After Police Shooting

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said charges included looting, failure to disperse and assault.

Five officers also required medical care, including two for minor eye injuries, he added.

Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine
Police officers wearing riot gear block a road during protests after police fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S. September 20, 2016. REUTERS/Adam Rhew/Charlotte Magazine

Mr Scott was the third black man killed by US police in a week. Such shootings have sparked nationwide protests.

 

SOURCE: BBC

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