CHARLOTTE, N.C. (CBS News/AP) – Downtown Charlotte is calming down early Thursday after a peaceful prayer vigil turned into a violent protest over the fatal police shooting of a black man.
Hotel and restaurant employees and security guards have started cleaning up dozens of broken windows.
But the city isn’t entirely back to normal. Bank of America told its thousands of employees at its 60-story downtown skyscraper to stay home Thursday.
A civilian was shot Wednesday CBS affiliate WBTV reported. City officials say police did not fire on the victim.
Several reporters and people on the street were attacked as police in riot gear linked arms, marched down streets and fired tear gas.
Four police officers were injured during the protests.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and promised to bring in the National Guard.
There were hints earlier Wednesday that Charlotte would suffer a second night of destruction. As Charlotte’s white mayor and black police chief stood at City Hall and appealed for calm, African-American leaders who said they were speaking for Scott’s family held their own news conference near where he was killed Tuesday, reminding the crowd of other shootings and abuses of black men.
John Barnett, who runs a civil rights group called True Healing Under God, or THUG, warned that the video might be the only way for the police to regain the community’s trust: “Just telling us this is still under investigation is not good enough for the windows of the Wal-Mart.”
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