Thursday, September 22, 2016

State of emergency declared in Charlotte as unrest continues

The city of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, said Thursday that a person who earlier had been declared dead from the impact of bullets during racial protests in the city was in still alife, on life support and in critical condition.




"Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased," the North Carolina city wrote on its official Twitter account, an hour after announcing that the person had died.

The city also said that the bullet had been fired in "civilian on civilian" violence and not by the police.

Following a second consecutive night of protests, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte and ordered the deployment of the National Guard and traffic police as reinforcements for the local police.

"We cannot tolerate violence,(...) we will not tolerate the attacks against our police officers," McCrory told CNN.

Meanwhile, clashes between dozens of demonstrators and police, that began shortly after sunset, continue.

The protests began Tuesday after the police killed African-American Keith Lamonth Scott, 43, who, according to the police, was armed.

However, Scott's family says he was waiting to pick up his son from school and was holding a book, not carrying a gun, as alleged by the police.
 EFE - EPA
22/9/16

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