Governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte after the unrest continues over the police killing a black man on Tuesday. Violence flared at the second night of the fatal shooting of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott.
Mr. Scott was the third black man killed by a police within a week. Such shootings have ignited the spark of protests recently.
Several hundred people protested in front of the hotel in the city center. Some even banged the glass window; few threw objects at police and stood on cars as police appeared to fire tear.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts said, “We are calling for peace, we are calling for calm, we are calling for dialogue, We all see this as a tragedy.”
Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot dead in an apartment complex parking lot on Tuesday after an encounter with officers searching for a suspect wanted for arrest.
It is reported that 16 officers and several demonstrators were injured in clashes.
The shooting took place at 4 pm on Tuesday as officers searching for a suspect arrived at a parking lot of an apartment complex. They spotter Scott with the handgun. They approached him and loudly commanded him to get out and drop the weapon.
The police chief said, “He stepped out, posing a threat to the officers, and officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon, striking the subject,”
Scott’s relatives told local media that he was waiting for his young son at school bus stop when police arrived. He was not carrying a gun but a book when he was shot dead, they said.