North Carolina: Demonstrator critically wounded, multiple arrests

North Carolina declared a state of emergency after a second consecutive night of violent clashes between police and residents who were out protesting the death of an African-American man who was shot by police. One demonstrator was shot and critically wounded and 16 police officers were injured in the riots.

Riots in Charlotte, North Carolina

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A man was critically wounded over the night (between Wednesday and Thursday) as the second night of riots continued in Charlotte, North Carolina. The initial report stated that the man was killed but later, city authorities corrected their initial report and stressed that the man is still alive and in critical condition. He is currently sedated and on a respirator. So far, 16 police officers were injured in the violent clashes.

Local police stressed that they were not responsible for the shooting of the injured demonstrator and claimed that it was the result of civilian shooting. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and summoned National Guard troops to assist the local police. Several protesters were arrested during the clashes.

Protests in Charlotte Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

"Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated," McCrory said in a statement. In an interview with CNN, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts called on demonstrators to stop the violence: “Go home and tell everyone violence is not the answer."

As reported earlier by JOL, riots erupted in the city following the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by a police officer, earlier this week. According to local reports, police officer Brentley Vinson, an African-American himself, shot Scott after officers saw that he exited his car with a gun.

"Violence is not the answer" Photo credit: Reuters/ Channel 2 News

According to the local police department, Scott exited the vehicle armed and was “an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.” They also mentioned that the officers were quick to call for medical assistance and performed CPR on Scott themselves.

However, Scott’s daughter claimed in a live Facebook post watched by more than half a million people, that contrary to the police department’s statement, her father was not armed. According to the daughter, her father was sitting in his car reading a book and waiting for his son to return from school. She also added that her father was Tasered before he was shot four times, making it impossible for him to be a threat. The local police department refused to comment on the daughter’s claims. The video went viral and sparked the riots in the city.

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