Protests Lead to State of Emergency in Charlotte, North Carolina
What to know about travel in the city right now.
After two days of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in the city.
Protests started after the death of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday and continued Wednesday after police refused to release dashcam recordings to the public. Police say that Scott was armed and pointing a gun at officers when he was shot to death, but Scott’s family said that he was unarmed and reading a book in his car.
Protests began peacefully on Tuesday afternoon, but some turned violent in the evening. Police have made 44 arrests since. Nine civilians and five police officers were injured in the protests, according to CNN. One protester was shot and critically injured.
Streets have since calmed down and an increased police presence is patrolling the city. The National Guard and state police have been mobilized and are patrolling the city by foot, car, helicopter, bike and dirt bike. Charlotte police officers will be present at protest sites.
City officials say that Charlotte has since been secured.
“Our transit system is running, our businesses are open, our center city is here to welcome you,” Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Thursday morning.
Transportation in the city is running as scheduled, but those relying on public transport should follow the CATS Twitter page for updates. The city is considering a curfew, but as of yet, no formal decision has been reached.
Those in Charlotte can let friends and family know they are safe with Facebook’s Safety Check feature.