With the third day of political unrest underway in Charlotte, North Carolina, it’s been reported that a man shot on Wednesday during the protests has died.
According to NBC affiliate WCNC, the man, whose name hasn’t been released to the media, was shot around 8:30pm in what police describe as a “civilian vs civilian” interaction. The victim was taken to a local hospital where he was in critical condition on life support, succumbing to his injuries on Thursday.
As reported earlier, these protests are a direct response to the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled man who was killed by Charlotte police earlier this week while reportedly reading in his car. While his family maintains that Scott was unarmed, the local police claim Scott had a gun and a posed a threat.
Police have yet to release any video or audio of Scott’s shooting.
Not too long before Scott’s death, unarmed Black manTerence Crutcherwas shot near his stalled car in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Officer Betty Shelby. Video released contradicted the police officers’ initial account that Crutcher had a gun–he was actually unarmed and had his hands up in the air. On Thursday, the officer responsible was charged with first-degree manslaughter for his death.
Original Story: Governor Of North Carolina Declares State Of Emergency As Charlotte Protests Continue
After Keith Lamont Scottwas fatally gunned down by police, the governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, has declared a state of emergency amid violent protests in Charlotte.
I have declared a State of Emergency & initiated efforts to deploy the Nat'l Guard & Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement in CLT
Late Wednesday night, reports surfaced that one protester shot in the demonstrations is in critical condition, while a cop was injured in the altercations, according to CNN.
We previously reported protests erupted in Charlotte after Scott, 43, was fatally wounded by police. Eyewitnesses said he was reading a book in his car, while police claim he was wielding a gun when shots were fired.
Protesters took to the streets in the wake of the tragedy, shutting down Interstate 85 and looting a Walmart, according to local news site WCNC.