A state of emergency has been declared after a second night of violent protests in downtown Charlotte, N.C., following the fatal police shooting of a 43-year-old black man named Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday afternoon. Protests first broke out in Charlotte Tuesday night after the news of Scott’s death, only hours after a peaceful demonstration in Tulsa, Okla., where police had shot and killed an unarmed black man.
In Charlotte, a peaceful prayer vigil on Wednesday turned into an angry march and then a night of violence after a protester was shot and critically wounded as people charged police in riot gear trying to protect an upscale hotel in Charlotte’s typically vibrant downtown. The protester was shot by a civilian, not a police officer, city officials said.
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