Charlotte Protests Over Keith Scott Shooting Descend Into Chaos for 2nd Night


In the wake of violent protests in Charlotte on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-Charlotte, called for police to release the shooting video to the public. A White House spokesman told ABCNews that the president offered condolences to those mourning the loss of loved ones. Still, officials are getting ready for the worst, she said. McCrory said he "had a very nice conversation" with Obama. The chief said he supports transparency "but I never said full transparency".

Authorities in Charlotte also said they were still weighing the possibility of imposing a curfew.

County prosecutors on Thursday asked the state to open a probe into Scott's death and also said they were providing information for a federal review.

At least four police officers and two civilians were injured, officials said.

Downtown Charlotte is calming down early Thursday after a peaceful prayer vigil turned into a violent protest over the fatal police shooting of a black man.

Police did not release dashboard or body camera footage, but said Mr Scott had a gun and refused several orders to drop his weapon. Scott's family and a witness, however, said he was holding a book, not a gun.

He said he is working to honor the request of the family of Scott to view the video. It's not clear what the body cameras worn by three officers who were present during the shooting may have captured.

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The plainclothes officer who shot Scott, Brently Vinson, is black. He has been placed on leave as is standard procedure in such cases.

After a civilian was shot by another civilian during the second night of protests on September 21, North Carolina governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency for the city.

"It should be business as usual", Mr Putney said. The person was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, Wallace said.

President Obama called McCrory Thursday morning to get an update about the protests.

Peaceful protests broke out into violence overnight, subsiding around 3 a.m. Putney said during those protests, a total of 44 people were arrested and hit with charges from breaking and entering to failure to disperse. Officers shot Scott after he got out of the vehicle again with a firearm "and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers", police previously said.

Chief Putney said, "An allegation was made one of our CMPD officers was involved in shooting; we're investigating that as best the evidence can show us".

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, speaking at a press conference in the nation's capital, did not address the police department's decision to withhold video footage, but added, "in situations where information is released, even when that information is painful to watch or hard to see... the act of providing greater transparency is more helpful than not".