Calm has been restored to the downtown Charlotte, North Carolina Thursday morning, following a second night of violent protests over the deadly police shooting of a black man.
A state of emergency, declared by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, remains in effect and the National Guard has been called in.
I have declared a State of Emergency & initiated efforts to deploy the Nat’l Guard & Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement in CLT
— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) September 22, 2016
There are vastly different stories about what led to Tuesday’s fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, which sparked the protests.
One man was critically injured during Wednesday’s demonstration, which began as a candlelight vigil.
According to city officials, police did not fire on the victim. They believe another protester fired the shot.
Some protesters have accused the police of attacking them in riot gear with linked arms. They fired tear gas and flash grenades after the shooting.
City workers are currently cleaning the streets, which have been littered with glass from broken windows. Several small fires were also set during the chaos.
An update Thursday morning suggests three people and four police officers were injured.
Scott was shot and killed in the parking lot of his condominium complex while he waited for his son to be dropped off from the school bus.
Police have claimed Scott had a gun and refused several orders to drop his weapon.
Scott’s family and neighbours have a very different account of what happened. They believe he was holding a book when he was shot.
Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney insists Scott posed a threat, even if he didn’t point his weapon at officers. He claims a gun was found next to Scott after he was fatally shot.
Protests began Tuesday night and continued Wednesday evening.
Police have confirmed the plainsclothes officer who shot Scott, identified as Brently Vinson, has been placed on leave.
While Vinson was not equipped with a body camera, three uniformed officers at the shooting scene were. There are mounting calls for Police to release the footage.
North Carolina has a law that takes effect Oct. 1 requiring a judge to approve releasing police video, but Putney has said he doesn’t release video when a criminal investigation is ongoing.