The second night of violent protests in Charlotte resulted in 9 people injured and 44 arrested, according to the city’s police chief. Protests over police killing of a black man began as a peaceful demonstration that escalated into a riot overnight.
The 44 arrestees are charged with failure to disperse, assault and breaking and entry, Chief Kerr Putney said during a press conference on Thursday morning.
He said that the protests started at 6 pm local time as a peaceful demonstration, but later a group moved to Trade Street and another group moved to Interstate 277, shutting down the loop. Protesters started damage property and at about 10:30 pm, Charlotte authorities declared a state of emergency.
Putney also said that video of the shooting will not be released, but it will be shown to the family first. When challenged over his pledge for transparency in handling the case, he told the reporter: “I appreciate your passion, but I never said full transparency.”
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