CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte city leaders addressed a crowd of media Thursday morning that sought answers after a silent protest of Keith Scott's death turned violent and disorderly.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney and Charlotte Major Jennifer Roberts spoke.
City leaders talked about dash-cam video, curfew, arrests, officers injured, and protecting the public:
- Putney addressed the dash-cam video that captured the shooting. Putney said the video will be shown to family, but not released to the public at this time. "It does not give me absolute definitive evidence that would confirm a person is pointing a gun."
- Putney said he felt no need to enforce a curfew "now that we have the resources to protect the infrastructure and arrest the people committing criminal offenses." Putney also said "we don't see a need to definitively shut the city down at a specific time." The National Guard and State Highway Patrol were called in late Wednesday and Governor Pat McCrory declared a State of Emergency around 11:30 p.m.
- There were a reported 44 arrests made, two officers with eye injuries, three heat-related injuries and nine civilians injured. Putney said the unrest began around 8 p.m. when police heard a group of people were jumping on cars uptown. Around 8:30, police were dispatched to Trade and College Streets. Putney said the rioting lasted until roughly 3 a.m. Businesses, cars and storefronts were damaged in uptown Charlotte Wednesday night and protesters eventually marched to I-277, spilling out onto the roadway to block traffic.
Chief: "I can tell you the party who is my priority & honoring their request is really the ppl who are the victims of the shooting." @wcnc— Rachel Rollar (@RachelRollar) September 22, 2016
- Hundreds of additional officers will be present to protect public tonight. The National Guard and N.C. State Highway Patrol arrived in Charlotte Wednesday night to assist.
Epicentre in uptown Charlotte is closed Thursday while downtown businesses Bank of America, Duke Energy, Fifth-Third Bank and Wells Fargo urged employees to stay home. The Mayor said the city is 'open for business' Thursday.
The Carolina Panthers are in talks with city officials, police and the NFL to determine a plan of action for Sunday's home game against Minnesota.
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