11:45 a.m. — Charlotte’s police chief says he sees no reason to impose a curfew in North Carolina’s largest city, even after two nights of violent protests following the shooting of a man by a police officer.
Chief Kerr Putney says the city now has more resources to deal with problems, following a declaration of a state of emergency and the arrival of the North Carolina National Guard and more officers from the State Highway Patrol.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts calls again for calm as the shooting investigation continues.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The mayor of Charlotte says the city is considering a curfew after two nights of violence in the wake of the shooting of a black man by police.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts says Thursday city officials are talking about imposing a curfew.
Streets were calm Thursday morning, but several civilians and police officers were hurt in the second night of violence Wednesday night.
City spokeswoman Ashley Simmons tells local media Roberts’ office will discuss a possible curfew with city police and the National Guard on Thursday.
The mayor says she wants people to know Charlotte is open for business Thursday. But at least three major companies told workers to avoid downtown offices.
The North Carolina National Guard arrived at a Charlotte armory early Thursday and some Guard vehicles left the armory about 8 a.m.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte Wednesday night as protests over a police shooting turned violent for a second night.
McCrory says in a statement he was also sending the National Guard to Charlotte as scattered groups of protesters continued to attack reporters and other people, break windows and set small fires in North Carolina’s largest city.