Night 3 of protests over police killings of black men
By Michael Mathes, AFP
September 24, 2016, 12:22 am TWN
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina--Protesters took to the streets for a third night in the U.S. city of Charlotte on Thursday amid heavy security aimed at preventing more clashes over the fatal police shooting of a black man.
Hundreds marched to the city police station carrying signs saying "Stop killing us" and "Resistance is beautiful," but the atmosphere was far calmer than the previous two nights.
Pressure was growing on police to release video of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old African American, whose killing on Tuesday sparked the unrest.
Scott's death was the latest in a string of police-involved killings of black men that have fueled outrage across the United States.
North Carolina's governor has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte, and several hundred National Guard troops and highway police officers were deployed to reinforce local police protecting city infrastructure and businesses.
An overnight curfew was also in place.
"We are going to be a lot more proactive," Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney told a news conference. "We made 44 arrests last night because we are not going to tolerate the behavior."
A protestor shot by a civilian in Wednesday night's protests died in hospital on Thursday, local media reported.
Scott was shot and killed in an apartment complex parking lot on Tuesday during an encounter with police officers searching for another person wanted for arrest.
Conflicting versions of what happened — police say Scott was armed with a handgun while his family says he was holding a book — fueled the angry protests.