Nine injured in violence after latest police killing
Published 23/09/2016 | 02:30
At least nine people were injured and 44 people were arrested during violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Police used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the crowd.
The demonstrations followed the fatal police shooting of a black man.
One man remained in critical condition after being shot late on Wednesday, said Kerr Putney, the chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Police used tear gas, rubber bullets and flash-bang grenades to disperse demonstrators who looted stores and threw rocks, bottles and fireworks. Officials initially said Wednesday's victim was shot by a civilian, but yesterday Putney acknowledged some claims he was shot by a police officer.
"We're here to seek the truth, so we're investigating that to find the truth, the absolute truth as best as the evidence can show us," Putney said. Four police officers suffered non-life threatening injuries.
The trouble erupted after a peaceful rally earlier in the evening by protesters who rejected the official account of how Keith Scott (43) was gunned down by a black police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon.
The killing was the latest in a long series of controversial fatal police shootings of black men across the US, sparking more than two years of protests and giving rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.