Charlotte mayor in favor of shooting videos’ release

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CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 21: Police clash with protestors as residents and activists protest the death of Keith Scott September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Scott, who was black, was shot and killed at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte by police officers, who say they warned Scott to drop a gun he was allegedly holding. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said Friday morning she believes it is only a matter of time before the police videos in Tuesday’s fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott will be released to the public. Roberts told CNN that she is in favor of the videos’ release and that officials are already having discussions about whether and when to release the videos.

Her statement comes after she signed a curfew order Thursday night that began at midnight and ended at 6 a.m. Friday morning. The curfew seemed to work as protests remained mostly quiet and violence was kept to a minimum throughout the city.

Gov. Pat McCrory first declared a state of emergency Wednesday night, deploying the National Guard and state troopers to assist.

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.

Charlotte officials will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. to talk about the third night of protests.

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