Charlotte Riots: State Of Emergency Declared
One person was gravely wounded after gunfire in North Carolina’s city during a consecutive night of riots over the shooting death of Keith Scott by a police official. Cops responded to shots fired in uptown Charlotte on Wednesday.
Upon arrival, officers found an unidentified person with gunshot wounds. The wounded man was moved to an area hospital where doctors confirmed his condition to be critical. Commenting on the incident, the city officials said that shooting was civilian on civilian and police can’t be stated responsible for fire shots. On the contrary, a protester who was present at the sight claims otherwise. Jimmy Tyson reported that the man collapsed after cops fired bullets into the crowd. Police didn’t comment on any part of Tyson’s statement.
Pat McCory, the Governor of North Carolina, announced a state of emergency. He confirmed that he had commenced measures to set up the National Guard to appease the violent riots. The governor added that any violence that harms police officers, citizens or destruction of assets will not be tolerated.
He commends and supports the law enforcement officers for their courage and bravery during this tough situation.
Activists gathered in the area in response to the fatal shooting occurred outside an apartment the day before. The death of Scott has led to citywide protests that extended to the pre-dawn hours and ended in a clash on a busy highway.
Police officials claimed that Scott was carrying a gun when the incident happened, whereas Scott relatives claimed he was carrying a book. The NAACP asked police officials to release the footage, stating that it could be the sole evidence to pacify increasing tensions between protesters and cops. Reviewing the incident footage can help both sides to know the truth.
Wednesday was the second consecutive night that officers faced riots and used tear gas against protestors, who at first were predominantly peaceful.
The city closed uptown public transportation while many firms with offices in the impacted area instructed their staff to stay home.