9 people hurt, 44 arrested in Charlotte violence overnight, police say

Mayor Jennifer Roberts
Mayor Jennifer Roberts

(WSPA)—Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney held a news conference about the protests and violence following the police-involved shooting Tuesday.

Charlotte’s police chief says he plans to show video of an officer shooting a black man to the slain man’s family, but the video won’t be immediately released to the public.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a news conference Thursday that the video does not definitively show 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott pointing a gun at anyone.

Putney says he is working to honor the request from the family of Scott to view the video. It’s unclear when or if the video might be released publicly.

The video could be key to resolving the chasm between police, who say Scott refused repeated commands to drop his gun, and residents who say he was unarmed. It’s not clear what the body cameras worn by three officers who were present during the shooting may have captured.

Putney says a group of peaceful protesters were joined by additional protesters who blocked roadways, headed towards transit, and the Epicentre, Wednesday night.

Around 8 p.m., the chief says protesters and rioters jumped on vehicles and damaged property.

A Civil Emergency unit was dispatched to deescalate the riots around 8:30 p.m on N. College Street and E. Trade Street, according to the police chief.

Also around that time, Officers found a person near the Omni Hotel with a gunshot wound. The victim is in critical condition, according to the police chief.

Tear gas was deployed around 8:40, officials say.

The group of protesters moved towards I-277 and shut down the loop. Officials say shortly before midnight the rail travel was halted.

Officials gave protesters orders to disperse and some protesters assaulted officers, according to the police chief.

The Governor declared a State of Emergency around 12:30.

2 officers have eye injuries and 3 others were treated for heat issues, police say.

9 civilians were injured and 44 people were arrested for failure to disperse, breaking and entering, assault, police say.

Chief Kerr says he will “continue to review the video and will have all of our criminal suspects to arrest. We will bring everything to justice.”

(Associated Press Contributed to this report)

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