One person was shot Wednesday night and four officers were injured as protests continued in North Carolina after the police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
Early Wednesday night, Charlotte police tweeted that the protestor had died, but then corrected themselves and said he was on life support.
Allegedly, the shooting was civilian-on-civilian, and the City of Charlotte said an officer was not involved. But according to a Daily Beast writer, it seems as though an officer could have been involved:
To be clear, our reporter is OK but the same cannot be said of a peaceful protester shot for no goddamn reason
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) September 22, 2016
Four officers suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the protests Wednesday night, police said on Twitter.
4 officers injured during demonstration. All non- life threatening
— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 22, 2016
Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard and the state Highway Patrol to assist local police, the governor said via Twitter.
“I understand concerns and I understand frustration and anger but I will never respect violence,” McCrory said. “Violence is unacceptable.”
“We are urging people to stay home, to stay off the streets,” Mayor Jennifer Roberts told CNN. “Violence is not the answer.”
The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also condemned the violent protests.
“We support those who exercise the right to peacefully protest, and encourage the First Amendment right to call for redress of wrongs,” the organization said in a statement. “We understand efforts that undermine the legitimate calls for justice with unjust, random or purposeless acts of violence.”