Protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, attempted to throw a photographer into a fire during Wednesday evening’s unrest in the city, according to WCCB-TV.
WCCB is reporting a few people tried to put a news photographer into a flaming trashcan and police came to his aid— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 22, 2016
Time Warner Cable News has video of the alleged incident.
WCCB also tweeted that another local station’s TV crew was attacked during the protests and had to be taken to the hospital.
@DonFenucchi our crew witnessed protesters trying to throw a photographer into the fire.— WCCB, Charlotte's CW (@WCCBCharlotte) September 22, 2016
Riots broke out in Charlotte after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police fatally shot Keith Scott. Police said Scott was armed and considered dangerous, while members of his family have said he was unarmed and was holding a book. Police said no book was recovered at the scene.
Scott’s family said in a statement provided to Time Warner Cable News, “As a family we respect the rights of those who wish to protest but we ask that people protests peacefully.”
“Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting,” the family’s statement continued. “After listening to remarks made by Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney today; we have more questions than answers about Keith’s death. Rest assured we will work diligently to get answers to our questions as quickly as possible.”
Gov. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) declared a state of emergency after protests turned violent.
I have declared a State of Emergency & initiated efforts to deploy the Nat'l Guard & Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement in CLT— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) September 22, 2016
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