Chief Kerr Putney told members of the media on Thursday, only the family of Keith Scott will be able to see the dascham and bodycam footage from the time of his death, USA Today Network.

 

Police, who were serving a warrant at a nearby apartment complex at the time, said Scott was armed and refused direct orders from officers to drop the weapon. Several local residents said the 43-year-old father of seven regularly waited in his car and read until his son arrived back from school. They claimed he was carrying a book, not a gun, when he stepped from the car after police approached.

 

“He got out of his car, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered,” said Taheshia Williams, whose balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon, the Associated Press reported.

 

Anger over the incident erupted into violence Tuesday night and continued Wednesday night, prompting Gov. Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency. The declaration enabled assistance from the National Guard and the state Highway Patrol. Putney said two officers and nine civilians were injured and 44 people arrested late Wednesday in several hours of violence that broke out following peaceful protests. One person was shot, apparently by another civilian. The victim, identified as Justin Carr, 26, died of his injuries, Charlotte police confirmed Thursday.

 

With police in riot gear patrolling downtown streets, protesters shouted "hands up, don't shoot," banged against a police van and broke a window of the City Smoke barbecue restaurant and bar. Police set off smoke bombs, which are sometimes used to disperse crowds. "The events we saw last night are not the Charlotte I know and love, or the deep-seated tradition we have of collaboration," Mayor Jennifer Roberts said at the news conference.

 

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