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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The third night of protest over the police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott remained mostly quiet after Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts signed a curfew order that began at midnight and ended at 6 a.m. Friday morning.

After violent protests raged for the second night in Charlotte, residents were uneasy Thursday as a state of emergency was in effect and National Guard troops arrived.

On Wednesday, police arrested 44 people at the protests, one of which turned into a riot. People smashed windows, looted storefronts and threw objects at others and police.

Wednesday’s protests began peacefully, the chief said, but about 8 p.m. demonstrators began jumping on cars and damaging property at EpiCentre, an entertainment hub uptown. Police were forced to deploy tear gas, he said, and as the night went on, protesters shut down Interstate 277 and the city’s light rail was halted just before midnight, due to the demonstrations.

The violence and vandalism carried on until roughly 3 a.m. The arrests ran the gamut from failing to disperse to assault to breaking and entering, and more arrests may come as authorities review video footage of the protests, he said.

Even with the peaceful gatherings overnight, several high-profile business entities such as Bank of America will remain closed on Friday.

The curfew will continue to be in effect from midnight until 6 a.m. while the state of emergency continues. The curfew makes exceptions for law enforcement, medical staff, military personnel and employees of public utilities.