Protests in Charlotte were mostly peaceful Thursday night as hundreds flocked to the downtown area until early morning, demanding justice in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
Police did deploy rubber bullets and tear gas to push a group of protesters from a local highway under the guise of the National Guard called in Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory, NBC News reports.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts imposed a midnight-to-6 a.m. curfew after downtown business owners called for action when Wednesday night’s protests turned violent, according to CBS News.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Capt. Mike Campagna told NBC News that officers wouldn’t enforce the curfew as long as demonstrations remained peaceful.
“Release the tape,” and “we want the tape” echoed through the downtown area directed at Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney, who announced Thursday he would not publicly release dash cam footage capturing Scott’s shooting.
During an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Putney said the investigation will be turned over to the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation, who will make the ultimate decision regarding the tape’s release.
According to NBC News, Scott’s family reviewed the tape Thursday, but said it was unclear if Scott was holding a gun. “It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” Scott’s family attorney, Justin Bamberg, said.
The Scott family asks for full transparency, demanding that authorities release the tape. According to the family, the footage shows Scott calmly complying with police.
“When he was shot and killed, Mr. Scott’s hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards,” Bamberg said.
Kerr said the footage doesn’t display “absolute definitive, visual evidence,” that Scott wielded a gun at officers. However, the CMPD maintains a weapon was removed from the scene as evidence.
Scott’s family says he was unarmed and holding a book at the time of the shooting.
SOURCE: CBS News, NBC News, CNN | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter
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