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Published: Wed, September 28, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Use of body cams questioned after Charlotte police killings


"Not taking away from the guys who wore it before us, but we hold ourselves to that standard, higher than most people". Or, at least we hope they are. It didn't seem like Mike Shula did much to adjust to it. "Tuesday was the boiling point, and it's getting hotter".

Many black Americans have complained that they have long faced disproportionate use of force by some police departments, but the surge in smartphones and video recording devices has forced national attention on a string of recent episodes. It's not clear whether the group had a parade permit.

City officials chose to enact a curfew across Charlotte, while Gov. Police on Sunday stopped blocking downtown traffic to allow marchers in the road and directed demonstrators to stay on sidewalks. It's safe to say the Panthers are flirting with "fluke" status now and if they are not careful, it could get a lot worse before it gets better. The source insisted on speaking anonymously because the State Bureau of Investigation continues to look into the case. It's not apparent in the video if he's holding anything shortly before he was shot.

Charlotte has been on edge ever since Scott's death. Dozens in the crowd shouted "Amen!"

Early Sunday evening, Charlotte's mayor lifted the curfew that had been in place across the city since Wednesday.

Recently, Newton and Carolina's winning streak ended at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. The Falcons will be on a short week as they play the Saints on Monday Night Football.

Charlotte is the latest US city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

The internet is filled with talk today surrounding the Carolina Panthers, their 1-2 record, and the various issues that have contributed to it.

Numerous people who signed up to speak were carrying signs.

Police released bodycam footage of the shooting on Saturday.

Watch the Charlotte police's dash cam video here.

Relatives and their attorney have also said their questions aren't answered by the release of partial police video footage.

Away from the marching, others said the videos increased their doubt about the police explanation that Scott's shooting was necessary and justified. It also asks for the police incident report.

(Diedra Laird/The Charlotte Observer via AP). The teams have split four games in Charlotte. There were approximately 100 people peacefully protesting outside the stadium, who kneeled during the National Anthem before the game. A Charlotte man was charged with carrying a concealed gun into the area. The Panthers thought they cured their woes last week against the 49ers, but that was against the 49ers.

Protesters told WCNC-TV (http://bit.ly/2d3s5mq) they will attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday. "You kind of look at them and say, man, they're nearly silly to have those kinds of penalties committed". Police shout to him to drop the gun, but it is not clear that he has anything in his hand.

Both Scott's family and protesters have disputed the police statements that Scott was carrying a gun.

As unrest continued in North Carolina over the police shooting of a black man amid uncertainty over whether he brandished a handgun, a suspect was busted for trying to smuggle a weapon and fully loaded magazine into the Carolina Panthers' stadium in Charlotte on Sunday.

Week 3 against the Vikings at home was the most disappointing loss for the Panthers, after jumping out to a 10-0 early lead, the Vikings smothered the Panthers the final three quarters, to win 22-10 on the Panthers field, something a visiting team hadn't done at Bank of America Stadium since November 2014 (14 straight games).

The fast-growing Sun Belt city, a banking center, became the latest flashpoint in two years of tense protests over US police killings of black men, many of them unarmed.

Later Sunday, protesters clambered onto Interstate 277 through the city's downtown and began to block traffic until police arrived. City officials said police did not shoot 26 -year-old Justin Carr, and a suspect was arrested.

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