The National Guard arrives, and the city’s police chief discloses that video of Tuesday’s police shooting lacks ‘definite’ proof Keith Lamont Scott aimed a gun at officers.
Charlotte residents, police and officials braced for a third straight night of protests and potential violence in the wake of Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott, as figures from Michael Jordan to Attorney General Loretta Lynch appealed for calm.
State troopers and National Guardsmen were arriving in Charlotte on Thursday, where they’ll largely be assigned to protect buildings, bridges and highways, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said at a press conference.
“We cannot tolerate any type of violence directed towards the citizens or any type directed at destruction of property,” McCrory said.
One man was shot, apparently not by police, in unrest that roiled city streets Wednesday night. He was reportedly in critical condition. Estimates of other injuries ranged as high as five officers and nine civilians.
After the sun rose the next day and city officials began assessing the damage – including to an area just south of the city’s sports arena – NBA great and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, who has often avoided publicly commenting on race and other social issues, issued a call for peace.
“It is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation and in constructive and non-violent ways,” he said in a statement. “As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney had promised transparency following the Tuesday shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, which was apparently captured – at least in part – by body- and dashboard-mounted cameras. Officers have said Scott was wielding a weapon, while Scott’s family said he was grasping a book.
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SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report – Alan Neuhauser