The streets of uptown Charlotte were calm early Thursday following a second night of protests that turned violent in the wake of Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of a black man, reports the Charlotte Observer. Mayor Jennifer Roberts said the city is considering a curfew, and North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and deployed the National Guard and state troopers to help local police. The EpiCentre, an entertainment complex, sustained looting and significant damage Wednesday night. Vandals also struck nearby businesses, breaking doors and windows at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, the convention center, the regional United Way headquarters as well as restaurants and hotels.
Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was fatally shot Tuesday by Officer Brentley Vinson, 26, who is also black. Police said Scott held a handgun as he got out of a car in an apartment complex but others claimed he was reading a book. Police said they found a gun but no book at the scene. Authorities said they were reviewing video from body and dashboard cameras from the deadly confrontation. Despite demands by some activists that footage to be publicly released, police said they would not do so during an active investigation. The U.S. Justice Department said its Community Relations Service, which responds to communities in crisis, will send staff members to Charlotte.