Video: State of emergency declared in Charlotte after protests over fatal police shooting

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Charlotte's police chief says he plans to show video of an officer shooting a black man to the slain man's family, but the video won't be immediately released to the public.

State of emergency declared in Charlotte after violence erupts over police fatal shooting
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Dozens of protesters were arrested after the shooting of Keith Scott.
Dozens of protesters were arrested after the shooting of Keith Scott.
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Charlottte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has said that 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott refused officers' repeated commands to drop a gun, but he said during a news conference that the video does not definitely show Scott pointing a gun at anyone.

Putney said he is working to honour the request from the family of Scott to view the video. It's unclear when or if the video might be released publicly.

"Right now my priority is the people who really are the victims of the shooting," Putney 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."

Video the key to resolving chasm

Meanwhile, the state prosecutor in Charlotte will ask the State Bureau of Investigation to look into the shooting.

Explosive scenes on streets of Charlotte: 'Situation totally out of control'
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The killing of black man Keith Lamont Scott sparked the protests and tear gas has been used to break up the crowd.
The killing of black man Keith Lamont Scott sparked the protests and tear gas has been used to break up the crowd.
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The police video could be key to resolving the chasm between police, who say Scott refused repeated commands to drop his gun, and residents who say he was unarmed.

Residents say Scott was unarmed, holding only a book, and disabled by a brain injury. But it's unclear what the body cameras worn by three officers who were present during the shooting may have captured. 

City on edge

As officials tried to quell the unrest, at least three major businesses were asking their employees to stay home for the day as the city remained on edge. 

But Mr Putney said that he saw no reason to impose a curfew.

He said Charlotte now has more resources to deal with problems, following a declaration of a state of emergency and the arrival more law enforcement officers.

The streets were mostly quiet overnight, but Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy all told employees not to venture into North Carolina's largest city after Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency yesterday and called in the National Guard.


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