Violent protests raged in Charlotte for the second night over the police shooting of an African-American man, prompting the North Carolina governor to declare a state of emergency. One person was left on life support after getting shot by another civilian Wednesday night during the unrest, the city tweeted. Earlier, the city had said the person had died.
At least four officers suffered injuries that were not life threatening during the protests Wednesday, according to police. Gov. Pat McCrory said he would deploy the state National Guard and highway patrol to Charlotte.
“We cannot tolerate violence. We cannot tolerate the destruction of property and will not tolerate the attacks against our police officers that is occurring right now,” he told CNN on Wednesday night. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts told CNN she would consider options including a curfew if the protests continue.
What started off as peaceful protests descended into chaos Wednesday night, with some protesters overturning trash cans and setting the contents on fire. Onlookers cheered as a masked man shattered a hotel window while another one hurled rocks through it. Others spray-painted “black lives matter” on business windows and smashed car windows.