State of emergency declared in US city Charlotte amid violent protests

WASHINGTON — A state of emergency was declared in the US city of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday night, as the second night of protests against police’s fatal shooting of a black man turned violent.

The declaration was issued by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, who ordered the deployment of the state’s National Guard and State Highway Patrol to assist with local law enforcement forces to restore the order in the city.

Rioters occasionally clashed with local police Wednesday night in a tense standoff in downtown Charlotte as hundreds of protesters, mostly African Americans, gathered for the second night to protest the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man, on Tuesday.

Police officer identified as Brentley Vinson, also an African American, shot and killed Scott at an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon while searching for someone with an outstanding warrant.

Police said Scott was holding a gun when he was exiting the car, a claim strongly denied by his family which insisted that he was only holding a book instead of a gun. PNA/Xinhua/northboundasia.com