The Latest: Protesters trying to stop cars on interstate


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The latest on police shooting and protests in Charlotte, North Carolina (all times local):

12 a.m.

Groups of protesters are trying to stop cars driving on the downtown highway loop around Charlotte.

Footage from TV station helicopters showed about three dozen people on Interstate 277 trying to stop cars late Thursday night. Several cars made it through, dodging people.

It was the latest incident in a night of violence in Charlotte’s normally vibrant downtown. One man was shot and critically wounded, several reporters and people were attacked, windows were shattered and small fires set Wednesday night.

Police have not given an update on the number of people or police officers hurt.

There also were destructive protests Tuesday. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard.


11:30 p.m.

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte as protests over a police shooting turned violent for a second night.

McCrory said in a statement late Wednesday he was also sending the National Guard to Charlotte as scattered groups of protesters continued to attack reporters and other people, break windows and set small fires in North Carolina’s largest city.

Wednesday’s protests started as a prayer vigil, but a group split off and marched through downtown. The march turned violent after a protester was shot and critically injured. City officials say police did not fire the shot.

After the shooting, police in riot gear began firing tear gas and marching through downtown arm in arm.

Keith Scott was shot to death Tuesday. Police say he had a gun, but neighbors and his family say he only had a book.

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