Charlotte Mayor Signs Midnight Curfew Order On Third Night Of Protests

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Protesters massed on Charlotte’s streets for a third night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man.

Demonstrators chanted “release the tape” while briefly blocking an intersection near Bank of America headquarters in the heart of the city’s business district. They then continued marching as police officers watched. Members of the National Guard carrying rifles were also deployed in front of office buildings to head off another night of violence in this city on edge.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts has signed a curfew order from midnight until 6 a.m., despite Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney saying he saw no need for a curfew.

Officers warned protesters to disperse at times when they stopped in front of buildings, but the demonstration remained peaceful in the hour after darkness fell.

However, several dozen protesters have climbed onto Interstate 277, blocking traffic by standing in the middle of the highway.

A line of police officers with shields and face masks advanced on the protesters, and many dispersed and climbed back up embankments off the road.

So far, police have resisted releasing police dashcam and body camera footage of the death of 43-year Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week. His family was shown the footage Thursday and demanded that police release it to the public. The family’s lawyer said he couldn’t tell whether Scott was holding a gun.

PHOTOS: Violence Erupts In Charlotte For Second Night In Row

Putney said earlier in the day the footage of Scott’s killing could undermine the investigation. He told reporters the video will be made public when he believes there is a “compelling reason” to do so.

“You shouldn’t expect it to be released,” Putney said. “I’m not going to jeopardize the investigation.”

Charlotte is just the latest U.S. city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday, prosecutors charged a white officer with manslaughter for killing an unarmed black man on a city street last week.

In Charlotte, scores of rioters Wednesday night attacked reporters and others, set fires and smashed windows of hotels, office buildings and restaurants in the city’s bustling downtown section. The NASCAR Hall of Fame was among the places damaged.

Forty-four people were arrested after Wednesday’s protests, and one protester who was shot died at the hospital Thursday; city officials said police did not shoot the man and no arrests have been made in 26-year-old Justin Carr’s death.

The unrest has seemed at odds with Charlotte’s image as a diverse, forward-looking banking capital of the New South.

On Thursday, in a measure of how tense things had become, three of Charlotte’s major employers — Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy — told thousands of employees not to venture into the city.

In addition to the National Guardsmen, North Carolina state troopers and U.S. Justice Department conflict-resolution experts were sent to keep the peace.

Police have said that Scott was shot to death Tuesday by a black officer after he disregarded loud, repeated warnings to drop his gun. Neighbors, though, have said he was holding only a book. The police chief said a gun was found next to the dead man, and there was no book.

Putney said that he has seen the video and it does not contain “absolute, definitive evidence that would confirm that a person was pointing a gun.” But he added: “When taken in the totality of all the other evidence, it supports what we said.”

Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott’s family, watched the video with the slain man’s relatives. He said Scott gets out of his vehicle calmly.

“While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time. It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” Bamberg said in a statement.

Scott was shot as he walked slowly backward with his hands by his side, Bamberg said.

The lawyer said at a news conference earlier in the day that Scott’s wife saw him get shot, “and that’s something she will never, ever forget.” That is the first time anyone connected with the case has said the wife witnessed the shooting. Bamberg gave no details on what the wife saw.

Experts who track shootings by police noted that the release of videos can often quell protest violence, and that the footage sometimes shows that events unfolded differently than the official account.

“What we’ve seen in too many situations now is that the videos tell the truth and the police who were involved in the shooting tell lies,” said Randolph McLaughlin, a professor at Pace University School of Law. He said it is “irresponsible” of police not to release the video immediately.

Other cities have released footage of police shootings. Just this week, Tulsa police let the public see video of the disputed Sept. 16 shooting, though the footage left important questions unanswered.

Last year, a Chicago police officer was charged with murder the same day the city released dashcam video that showed him shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times, footage that contradicted the accounts of officers who said the teen swung a knife at them.

“We all stand together declaring there must be transparency and the videos must be released,” the Rev. William Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP, said at a news conference. “At this point, there is speculation because the videos have not been released. Be clear: There is unrest in Charlotte and across America because of what we do know.”

The police chief acknowledged that he has promised transparency in the investigation, but said, “I’m telling you right now, if you think I say we should display a victim’s worst day for consumption, that is not the transparency I’m speaking of.”

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  1. DINDUNUFFINS says:

    Since b1ack lives matter, Hillary should try to convince them to stop inbreeding:

    “Ab-sentee fathers”…
    (its hard not to boink your family if you don’t know who they are.)
    x
    1) Closed/isolated/dense urban populations, new people from different groups don’t move into ghett0s, so there are generations of the same people boinking each other.
    x
    2) Immoral upbringing, with no set rules and social guidelines, “if it feels good do it”.
    x
    3) Mothers who take multiple partners and have no family unit.
    x
    4) Small living quarters with many children, the kids have seen their mom boinking lots of men their entire lives.
    x
    5) Entertainment/rap that promotes meaningless s3x, and no parental guidance for young girls.
    x
    6) Girls become s3xually active at a younger age.
    x
    7) A culture that accepts, if not promotes, a drug and drink consuming s3xual lifestyle (pr0stitution is also not looked down upon). Date-raype is okay; she axed fo it.
    x
    8) A culture for boys that boinking beaches is what makes you a man, no fathers to guide them.
    x
    9) A culture where you take from those who cant stop you (raype is more common)
    x
    10) A culture that does not trust the police and will not report a crime.
    x
    …Yes, statistically it is VERY LIKELY that your unsigned-rapper friends have committed inbreeding without even realizing it! EWWW!!!! Your “b1ack friend” is most-likely 30% genetically-inbred!… GROSS!!!

  2. MidWestMIke says:

    “The family’s lawyer said he couldn’t tell whether Scott was holding a gun.”

    The family’s lawyer is another reality denier.

    1. DINDUNUFFINS says:

      Maybe it was a banana this time.

  3. DINDUNUFFINS says:

    Behold, the holy communion of Dinduism
    What are the tenets of Dinduism
    Who are the enlightened ones? And what is the path to be lit up, er, enlightened?
    The rites of the Order of the Sacred Section Eight. In that case the correction would be “What Who are the tenants…”
    1. The Dindu is infallible in all interactions with unbelievers. At all times the Dindu dindu nuffin.

    2. The Dindu is always a saint, gentle giant, pillar of the community, sweet boy whom everyone loved. Saint Swisher, Saint Skittles and Saint Sammich

    3. The Dindu is a martyr, persecuted unjustly by society, the police, and the white hispanic.

    4.Life is suffering. White man and the wealthy are the cause of all suffering. There is a path to end suffering. The path is violence and looting.

    5.If someone has material wealth that you desire, they automatically must have acquired it via evil and oppression. When you perpetrate violence to steal their wealth, it is an act of liberation and the casting off of an oppressor.

    6.Yo’ Momma will always save you.

    7.Is Fergadishu the new Mecca for Dinduism?

    8.”they all Trayvon”. “no justis , no peas”

    9.”That’s real retarded sir” – the prophet Rachel Jeantel

    10.In Dinduism you must always strive to turn your life around. But you may not do so until you reach the afterlife.

    Dinduist Philosopher … droppin’ syince yo.

    Facts have no place in Dinduism.
    You best check yo privilege.

  4. DINDUNUFFINS says:

    HARAMBE didn’t die for this s h i t !

  5. Kenny D says:

    books be like kryptonite

  6. Shouldn’t Hillary and Obama be in Charlotte trying to get the “Super Predators” to “Heel”?

  7. Harry says:

    Will George Soros, whose BLM troops have caused this damage, be paying for said damage?

  8. All rioters and looters should get arrested or shot dead in the street

    1. WaffenSS says:

      What you are suggesting is Martial Law, violators are shot. Oh, can you hear the howling of the animals, all those poor, poor animals. And you can hear the caffer that dropped it on the world, “He’s a good boy never did nuff’n wrong, he a good boy.”

    1. anon says:

      hello mister salad fingers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BjkAu3Z2hU

      i like it when the red water comes out….

  9. Dianedd says:

    Some are finally putting the blame on Obama’s economy. No jobs, awful schools worried more about union teachers than whether students can read.

  10. Hillary's Dark Heart says:

    Sometimes bad cops do bad things, other times stupid cops do stupid things…Thugs and looters do bad stupid things every chance they get and the Leftist Democrats continue to encourage this outrageous behavior.

  11. averageJoe says:

    In 6 months the news channel will do a sob story that these poor people must travel several miles to purchase groceries and medications…. Why? because they looted and burned out all the local businesses in their neighborhood boo hoo hoo, poetic justice, they deserve the life they made for themselves

    1. Hillary's Dark Heart says:

      No, in six months the media will still be whining about their favorite candidate, Hillary, lost the election despite their best efforts to demonize Trump and his supporters.

  12. st8kout says:

    “Oh, nooooo. Man, I drove all the way over her from Alabama to loot a new Plasma, and now they have this freakin’ curfew.”

  13. Ashley West says:

    Quit calling these POS thugs “protesters”. They are racist thugs that are rioting. I would rather see civil war than put up with this garbage any longer.

  14. James says:

    Keith Scott was married and had seven children. That is pretty good considering how much time he has spent in and out of prison. Still have not heard what he did for a living other than being disabled.

    Listed below is just what Keith Scott was caught doing and we all know the police don’t get called every time something happens and people don’t get caught every time they do something wrong.

    1992 (19 years old), Scott was charged in Charleston County, S.C., with ​several different crimes on different dates, including carrying ​a concealed weapon​ (not a gun), simple assault and contributing to ​the delinquency of a minor. ​He pleaded guilty to ​all charges.

    1995 (22 years old) Scott also was charged with assault with intent to kill. Both charges were reduced, but the disposition of the case​s​ is unclear.

    2004 (31 years old) Keith Scott was convicted of a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge in Mecklenburg County. “Other charges stemming from that date were dismissed: felony misdemeanor assault on a child under 12, assault on a femail and communicating threats.”

    2005 (32 years old) According to Bexar County, Texas, records, Scott was sentenced in March 2005 to 15 months in a state jail for evading arrest. In July of that year, records show, he was sentenced to seven years in prison on a conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said Scott completed his sentence and was released from prison in 2011 (38 years old).

    2015 (42 years old) in Gaston County Court, Scott was found guilty of driving while intoxicated.

    1. xminusone says:

      And here I thought he was getting a degree in Library Science and was carrying his homework, not a gun. Silly me.

  15. DeNyle says:

    Shoot to kill looters on sight

  16. Kim A Kirk says:

    I feel terrible for every policeman in our nation. They’re under attack and our POTUS and DOJ are encouraging it. Disgusting.

    1. Nealboy2 says:

      Me, too, Kim.

  17. Travelbug says:

    This would not be going on if you had a Republican mayor and City Council.

  18. Bob says:

    Start kicking some butt and send these thugs back to the ghetto.

    1. Nealboy2 says:

      Bob, Well said!

  19. Time to expel all African-Amercians to Africa. They would most certainly be more happy there…

    1. Ryan J Brown says:

      One of my friends from highschool moved to Charlotte with his family in the early 2000’s. He came back after a few years. He was pretty liberal before he went there. He came back so racist that I couldn’t stand to be around him. I don’t know how that plays into this, but that is all I know about Charlotte.

      I live in Minnesota, we’re all pretty liberal here.

      1. Fred says:

        Word is that Minnesota is the new Somalia.

  20. George Smith says:

    Looks like the chimpout is getting started…they are trying to block a freeway…popcorn and beer in hand.

  21. Andrew Mckim says:

    It will be interesting to see the response of the police at 12:01 am. Will the protesters still be there? Will they take the curfew seriously? Or will they try to call their bluff. I’m hoping there are a still 100’s of protesters after the deadline, just to see what happens.

    1. George Smith says:

      Yeah, some will still be there, and they will be treated with kid gloves….sickening.

  22. Deplorable Betty says:

    I have an idea on how to end a lot of this out-of-control bad cop bullfunky, and it wouldn’t cost the public anything, in fact it would lower citizens’ taxes, and create jobs: Require all law enforcement, at their own expense, to become bonded just like every plumber, electrician and notary public. Any lawsuit judgments won by citizens for cop misconduct gets paid out of the bond. Enough hits on the surety bond, they become un-insurable, and thus, unemployable, as a law enforcement officer.

    1. Mark Pugner says:

      Betty, I contacted my NC Congressman Bert Jones about getting NC cops bonded and here is his response: “While I understand this may be upsetting to you, a state representative has many tens of thousands of constituents. We attempt to answer everyone and their concerns, but logistically simply cannot schedule “face to face” one on one meetings with everyone to discuss their issues. That is a simple fact of life.” “In my five years of service as a representative, I have never received other concerns from people “living in fear of law enforcement officers”, and certainly not if they are indeed obeying the law. So to conclude, I will share your concerns but we will not be scheduling a meeting to further discuss your suggestions.”

  23. Slowjoe210 says:

    These semi-people are getting beyond tiresome.

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