Midnight Curfew Imposed in Charlotte; Protester Wounded Wednesday Dies

September 23, 2016

Charlotte, N.C., imposed a midnight curfew Thursday as protests continued for a third night following the killing of a black man by police. National Guard troops helped city police maintain order after the governor declared a state of emergency.

In addition, police say a man shot during Wednesday night’s demonstrations died on Thursday.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department spokesman Keith Trietley says the victim of the shooting has been identified as 26-year-old Justin Carr, who was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.

City officials said Wednesday night that the victim had died, but then corrected the statement to say he was in critical condition.

Trietley says the Homicide Unit is investigating Carr’s death. Last night city officials said Carr was shot by a civilian, not police, though some protesters contest that.

Carr was shot during a chaotic demonstration that began as a vigil in memory of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, who was shot by a plainclothes officer identified as Brentley Vinson. The officer has been placed on leave while that shooting is investigated. As the Two-Way reported, the facts of Scott’s death are in dispute:

“Police say he came out of the vehicle with a gun. At a press conference on Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said that officers gave the man multiple verbal warnings to drop his weapon before he was shot.

“Putney says a handgun was recovered on the scene, and that witnesses corroborated the officer’s accounts.”

Scott’s daughter maintains that her father was not armed, and was sitting in his vehicle reading a book.

Both Vinson and Scott are black.

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