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State of emergency in Charlotte after protests over police shooting turn violent

State of emergency in Charlotte after protests over police shooting turn violent
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Violence erupted for a second night in the US city of Charlotte following a fatal shooting of black man by police.

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Violence erupted for a second night in the US city of Charlotte following a fatal shooting of black man by police.

Protesters once again showed their anger over the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott who was killed by officers on Tuesday.

PHOTOS: Second night of unrest in Charlotte, N.C., as prayer vigil for Keith Lamont Scott turns into violent protest https://t.co/e6RrAYcS8Gpic.twitter.com/XZW8O2Vo1u

— ABC News (@ABC) September 22, 2016

At one point city hall announced on social media that one person had been taken to hospital and was on life support but was not dead as previously reported.

CORRECTION UPDATE: Civilian who suffered gunshot wound during protests is on life support, critical condition. Not deceased.

— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016

After several hours of clashes between police and protesters, a state of emergency was declared with the governor of North Carolina announcing that he was sending in the National Guard to help police.

Accounts differ over the shooting of Scott. According to police he was armed with a handgun and refused an order to drop the weapon. His family and a witness claim he was holding a book not a firearm.

Scott’s death is the latest incident to raise questions of racial bias in US law enforcement. The disturbances in Charlotte unfolded as demonstrators in Tulsa, Oklahoma, demanded the arrest of a police officer seen in a video last week fatally shooting an unarmed black man who had his hands in clear view at the time.

Hopefully the violence & unrest in Charlotte will come to an immediate end. To those injured, get well soon. We need unity & leadership.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 21, 2016

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