Anger continue to build over the deadly police shooting of a black man and the different stories about what happened from authorities and the victim’s family and neighbors.
Pat McCrory is the governor of North Carolina; he has declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard after Charlotte’s police chief said he needed the help.
He said that any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated, that he supports and commends the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.
On Tuesday 43 year old Keith Lamont Scott was shot by officers of Charlotte Police, and what started out as a prayer vigil for Him after the shooting turned into an angry march and then a night of violence which resulted to the protesters sustaining critical injuries and a man got shot too.
Police initially said the man had died, but later corrected the statement saying he was on life support. Police didn’t shoot the man, city officials said.
Meanwhile video obtained and verified by The Associated Press, 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.
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 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.
The streets of Charlotte, North Carolina is said to be currently in an unrest.
More details coming.