State of Emergency declared in Charlotte after second night of violent protest

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(NEWS10) – Protesters filled the streets once again in Charlotte, North Carolina in protest of a deadly police involved shooting,

Another night of violent protests has left one person in the hospital on life support after being shot in the crowd and the Governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency.

National Guard troops and State Highway Patrol Officers have been called in to try and control the crowds and prevent any more violence. The crowds have dispersed at this time but tensions are still high.

The protests started peacefully but quickly turned chaotic. Hundreds of protesters faced off against police in riot gear, some even threw fireworks.

The police fired back with flash grenades and tear gas. The person who was shot was shot by another person in the crowd not by police.

Anger has built in Charlotte over two very different stories of how Keith Lamont Scott died. Police said they confronted Scott inside an apartment complex and were forced to shoot.

Police said a gun was recovered but Scott’s family said that’s not true and claim it wasn’t a gun, it was a book.

“That book fell off his lap. He didn’t get out waving no gun, he got out like this,” said Taheshia Williams.

“Mr.Scott exited his vehicle, armed with a handgun, as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it,” said Chief Kerr Putney.

Police have not released video of the exchange. The chief said no information will be released until a full investigation is complete.

The officer involved in ten shooting was a black officer and he was not wearing a body camera but other officers on the scene were.

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