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Published: Tue, September 27, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

11 arrests made during night 6 of protests in Charlotte


The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina joins those calling on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) to publicly release all body and dash camera footage, as well as audio dispatch recordings, of the events surrounding the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old man with a traumatic brain injury, who, according to the Guardian's database The Counted, was the 194 Black person killed by US police this year.

Under public pressure, the Charlotte police on Saturday released two police videos of the shooting, in which Scott was not shown pointing a gun or threatening the officers.

On Saturday, officials released two police videos, showing Scott walking backward with his hands at his side when he was shot.

It's unclear, however, if future calls for the release of police footage will be heeded. Most said after watching the police videos that they were struck by what appeared to be little threat that Scott posed the officers. The protester, 26-year-old Donnell Jones of Missouri, was not hurt and was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, police said.

"If he had a gun in his hand, I couldn't see it". Family members have said Scott did not have a gun. They also chanted, "No tapes, no peace" and raised signs including one reading "Stop Killing The Black People".

Putney said that his officers didn't break the law but noted the state investigation continues. But there may be additional footage from officers who pulled up to the scene after the shooting, Tufano said. "So that's the part that, kind of, didn't make it better for me".

"The public and Mr. Scott's family deserve to see and hear all available information about whether something was in his hand and why a man who was suspected of no crime, other than the newly disclosed accusation that he possessed a minor amount of marijuana, is now dead", Birdsong said. They claim they saw that he was in possession of a marijuana cigarette and a gun.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets for almost a week, after police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday.

Wallace said that the videos fail to show the encounter that lead to his shooting, leaving many questions about the incident unanswered.

But now, the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday has shattered Charlotte's carefully manicured self-image as a place of "opportunity broadly shared", in the words of Gene Nichol, a University of North Carolina law professor who studies urban poverty. The demonstrations reached a violent crescendo on Wednesday before the National Guard was called in a day later to maintain order. One person arrested was wanted for looting previous nights.

The Latest on protests following the shooting of a man by a Charlotte police officer last week (all times local): 8:30 a.m.

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