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Charlotte curfew ends after largely peaceful protest night


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Mayor Jennifer Roberts set the curfew for midnight to 6 a.m.

One man died after police said he was shot by a civilian during Wednesday’s protest.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has said the video supported the police account of what happened but does not definitively show Mr Scott pointing a gun at officers.

“There’s nothing in that video that shows him acting aggressively, threatening or maybe unsafe”, Bamberg said.

Critics have accused Charlotte authorities of a lack of transparency, compared with the swift action taken after a police shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a white officer has been charged.

The people arrested faced such charges as assault, breaking and entering and failure to disperse, he said.

Protesters held an impromptu vigil on the sidewalk where the man was struck by a bullet from a shooter who remained at large.

The suspect was identified as Rayquan Borum.

This time, the protest had more handshakes and hugs than looting and fires.

Protesters flocked to Charlotte for a third straight night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that might resolve the different accounts of the shooting death of a black man.

The FBI and Justice Department are monitoring the situation involving Scott’s death, Lynch said, but federal officials have not begun an investigation.

They raised their hands to signify “don’t shoot” and laid down on the ground as if they’d been shot.

Sixteen police officers and several protesters had been injured on Tuesday night and in the early hours of Wednesday. For those who wish to protest, we urge you to do so peacefully.

“This is the right way to do it”. “Last night the news showed us looking like looters”. We want you to voice your opinion, but we don’t want you to get hurt or killed. “I get to be that buffer in between them and the police”. “I think that the family will ultimately supports its [the video] release. My anguish led me to respond to a reporter’s question in a way that I regret”, he said in his apology statement.

The night didn’t go entirely without incident.

Police fired tear gas and non-lethal projectiles to break up crowds blocking traffic on a highway. They lit candles and offered prayers.

Scott’s death Tuesday at the hands of black police officer Brentley Vinson has sent the city of Charlotte spiraling into protests.

Officials initially said the Wednesday victim was shot by a civilian, but on Thursday Putney acknowledged some claims he was shot by a law enforcement officer.

The police video could be key to resolving the chasm between police, who say Scott refused repeated commands to drop his gun, and residents who say he was unarmed.

However, it was unclear if he was holding a gun, as police say.

Putney has said a handgun was recovered at the scene, and that no book was found, contrary to the family’s assertion.

“It was incredibly hard for members of the Scott family to view these videos, but as a matter of the greater good and transparency, the Scott family asks that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department publicly immediately release both of the videos they watched today”, the family statement read.

Scott’s daughter maintains that her father was not armed, and was sitting in his vehicle reading a book.

But demonstrators continued to march after the curfew took effect, and Police Capt. Mike Campagna told reporters that officers wouldn’t seek to move curfew violators off the street as long as they were peaceful.

Two police shootings, both recorded by police.

The problem is, the public can’t see the footage.

“Why are they keeping the video?” he asked. We have to know what we stand for.

He added, “Transparency is in the eye of the beholder”.

“(The) overwhelming majority of people who have been concerned about police-community relations (are) doing it the right way.

But even after a morning press conference hosted by the city’s mayor and police chief, the most pressing question was still unanswered: what is on the videotape?

Putney also said he had no plans to make the video public to protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation. He said Scott can be seen with a gun and ankle holster in the video.

Attorneys for his family described what was and was not shown.

When he was shot and killed, Mr. Scott’s hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards.

After watching the video, the Scott family attorney said they could not determine if he had a weapon during the encounter.