North Carolina in State of Emergency after protests turn violent


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Officials help injured civilian during the riot in Charlotte, North Carolina

Jacob Chagoya, Web Editor

Protests in Charlotte, North Carolina have turned violent after cops shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott. Governor Pat McCrory has declared North Carolina in a State of Emergency, and has called in the National Guard due to the violence.

There have been conflicting stories on the shooting, as Scott’s family states that Scott was in his car reading a book when he was shot. The Charlotte officials however, have stated that cops found no book in the car, and that Scott refused to drop a gun that he was carrying. Officials also state that dashcam footage from one of the cop cars concurs that Scott refused to drop his weapon, prompting the shooting.

Protestors gathered Wednesday evening, to combat police brutality. Despite peaceful protestors being present, the protest soon turned violent. One protestor was shot by another civilian, and an officer was injured. Looters soon began to vandalize and rob stores, and rioters set trashcans on fire.