Charlotte Under State of Emergency Following Violent Rioting on Streets

charlotte-compressedCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The city of Charlotte, North Carolina is under a state of emergency following violent rioting on the streets Wednesday night over a man who was shot and killed by police on Tuesday.

“Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency upon the request of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney,” an official statement reads. “The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.”

According to reports, the night began with a prayer vigil in memory of Keith Lamont Scott, 48, who was allegedly armed and failed to drop his weapon when instructed by police. Scott’s family asserts that he was not holding a gun, but a book.

But Wednesday’s peaceful gathering soon turned violent as those angry about the loss of life began throwing bottles at police dressed in riot gear, jumping on vehicles, setting fire to trash cans, looting businesses and engaging in other acts of vandalism and destruction.

CNN reports that one masked man shattered a hotel window and others spray-painted “Black Lives Matter” on business windows.

“People found whatever objects they could to break glasses. It was madness,” witness Zach Locke told the outlet.

“Church leaders need to get out there and tell these kids that this is not the right way,” witness Annette Albright also stated.

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Photographer Marcus DiPaola said that he saw protesters tip over an ATM machine and steal money from it.

One man was shot by a civilian and is now on life support, and two employees at the Hyatt House hotel were punched in the face. Several police officers were taken to the hospital for injuries as well.

Scott’s wife had asked for demonstrators to comport themselves peacefully prior to Wednesday’s mayhem, requesting in a statement, “Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting.”

“We cannot tolerate violence. We cannot tolerate the destruction of property and will not tolerate the attacks towards our police officers that are occurring right now, and I feel very strongly about that,” Gov. McCrory told reporters as violence broke out on the streets. “That is not the American way.”

Police pushed back with tear gas, rubber bullets and non-lethal grenades in an effort to disperse the crowd, and Mayor Jennifer Roberts appealed for protesters to go home.

“Last 24 hours of violent protest [were] worst I have ever seen in Charlotte,” Rep. Kelly Alexander Jr., D-Mecklenburg, remarked on social media.

A state of emergency was declared just before midnight. There were 44 arrests.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy asked their employees to work from home on Thursday due to the unrest. The NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Charlotte Observer newspaper, Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant and the Westin hotel were all damaged in the violence.

The officer who shot Scott, Brentley Vinson, is now on paid leave pending an investigation. Both men are African American.

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  • Amos Moses

    apparently … no lives matter …….. lawlessness does ……….

    • Puppy

      Apparently … no lives matter …….. lawlessness does ……Which happens when our country moves further and further away from GOD at an alarming rate, and the lack of Jesus in the heart of peoples. There I fixed your comment. # you’re welcome

  • robertzaccour

    Let’s say for argument sake that the police officer did something wrong. Why take your frustrations out on other people’s property instead of focusing your attention on the legal matters of the case? It seems as if there’s a bunch of stupid thugs that want to be a part of something violent.

    • Amos Moses

      agents provocateur ……………

    • Puppy

      Sinful hearts, Robert. 75% of the rioters were from out of state which is evil. I do believe,it’s the media, that fuels these fires. Destruction and death for the sake of ratings. Calling peoples thugs does not fit in the ”following Jesus” category. Jesus still loves them,despite having sinful hearts in the actions they do. Pray for Peace in America,become the peacemaker you was meant to be as child of God.

      Pray for Our Father to have mercy on these rioters when they are judged by God one-day. We will all be judged for our actions so please pray” for them. right now with their sinful hearts, they’re listening to Satan

    • Puppy

      Remember, the Bible also warns Satan tries to inject thoughts into our minds that we believe,are coming from ourselves. This is why your mind is a BATTLEFIELD! You must read the Bible and all times, seek Christ to protect you from Satan. Satan is not going come for your heart, he’s going to attack your mind first.

  • TheBottomline4This

    Sure, violence and vandalism and being a thug in the streets will change
    You are only harming yourselves in the end in choosing to take this evil path.

    • Puppy

      You can’t call yourself a follower of Jesus and call other peoples thugs, it’s the lack of Jesus Christ and our nation turning away from God, that has led to increase of crime, hate, racism, violent acts in America. I agree those following their sinful hearts, are only,harming themselves when they are judged by God one day. I wouldn’t wish, to face,God’s judgement when that happens. Pray pray for GOD to have mercy on their,souls for they are being mislead by the Evil One.

      Please Pray, for Jesus Son of David, Our Lord and Savior to have mercy on their souls,pray they, become so miserable in their actions turn to Christ at this moment.. Remember the Bible warns Demons operate primarily through our thoughts. Satan, CAN’T Read our minds, but he ALWAYS tries to inject our thoughts in our minds, sometimes our thoughts don’t come from ourselves. it’s from Satan.

      This is WHY, it’s important to read the Bible, you must FILL YOUR MIND, with the WORD seek Christ at all times to combat Satan. Satan and his Demons are going to attack your mind every chance they get, until the DAY YOU DIED! This is why your mind is a BATTLEFIELD! Good vs Evil

      Remember to never hold another race in contempt. that’s not being Christ-Like.

      • TheBottomline4This

        Some people are thugs, regardless of skin color.
        In the Bible the Lord doesn’t beat around the bush, He calls people what they are. They are the ones who have to have a change of heart. Some do, but most don’t. Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
        Me calling a spade a spade doesn’t mean I’m not a Christian. I’ve been a Christian for over 20 yrs thank you.
        I have never in my life held “another race in contempt”. I hate racism. All skin colors are beautiful.
        Stop assuming.

        • Puppy

          Dear Friend, my comment was just to remind you” We are called” to be like Christ, meaning act like Jesus stated in Romans 8:29, it’s why we are the body of Christ and salt of the earth. Jesus called a spade a spade too but he never called peoples thugs. I do know they exist but the Bible, calls them Children of Disobedience read Ephesians 2:2, and,Colossians 3:6

          God also calls them Son’s of Disobedience..Again FOUND in Ephesians 2:2, and,Colossians 3:6. Jesus taught that Satan and his demons have the ability to put thoughts in our mind that are NOT OUR OWN! it’s why we must FILL our MIND with the Word 24/7 and 7 DAYS A WEEK, 365 Days a YEAR. When peoples move away from GOD, stop going to church, stop reading the Bible, it makes them TARGETS,to Satan.Ephesians 6:12!

          I never called you Racist, but the term THUG is a earthly term, NOT Biblical, and does not come from GOD. it’s our mission to seek GOD’s approval not man’s, and to be called a friend of GOD.

          • TheBottomline4This

            Is it Biblical for you to watch Soap Operas?
            I used to be caught in that trap. God showed me it was portraying the things of this world and nothing of God.
            You brought up satan and what he fills the mind with. Is your Soap Opera watching filling your mind with the things of God and the Bible?

          • Puppy

            Read Romans 14:1-4, Watching the soaps does not affect my walk with God.Watching is okay, doing what is on the soap opera is what would be wrong for a Christian to do. I worship Christ daily. and always,set a time alone for him which it comes to bible study. Which is more important to me? Which has the greater impact for me? Christ of course my faith is spiritually strong enough not to follow the patterns of the World. I know right from wrong, and my flesh is not lusting and wanting to conform to that kind of life style..

            I know how to distinguish between real and fiction and when my local pastor comes over he always has something to say about it, but the next day he came over at the same time the show was on, he missed,the intro the first thing he asked” Did Sharon hit whoever that,was,coming to the door? which was funny”, I do still away,from prime time programs on mocks my faith in Christ, also watch the Griffith Show to get a feel of simple times, and Curious George on,PBS.Sometimes Cat in the Hat and cooking programs.

            Hate, Envy, Jealously, Resentment, GREED, where does that come from? it doesn’t come from GOD, it comes from Satan, it comes from Demons GOD doesn’t want anything to have these mindsets

          • TheBottomline4This

            You may think you’re not affected by the soaps. That is what satan wants you to believe.
            You were saying about my use of the word thug…”the term THUG is a earthly term, NOT Biblical, and does not come from GOD.” Well what about your use of “crap” and “karma” in your comments to someone on a story about your Soap Opera? Are “crap” and “karma” Biblical and come from God? I think not. They are “earthly terms”.
            What is up with watching Wrestling? You said in part to someone…”You don’t have to like Punk but at at least show some respect towards the man for his hard work in wrestling.” Seriously? Hard work in wrestling? You do know it’s not real? Right? It’s staged. Why watch people wrestle? Does it bring you closer to God? It’s pure worldly silliness.

          • Puppy

            I used to be a wrestling fan, but put all of that away, when I started my journey to Jesus now see it as Satanic, I’m still allowed to discuss wrestling as it doesn’t affect my walk with Christ, watching soaps” does not diminish my morals and values…. does not keep me from praying to God. I watch, and listen to lots of pastors 5 days a week on local church sermons, both online,and TV. Saying crap is not a swear word, and nobody is offended,by,it. The Holy Spirit convicts me when I do wrong, allows me to pray about it, apologize to God if I’ve made a mistake not act,accordingly to his manner. My conscience is good as I sleep well during nights.

            the term THUG is not Biblical as Jesus nor GOD would ever say it, neither,should we as Christians that strive to be like Christ and model our lives after him. Karma was spoken alot in the Bible before it was removed,but the Bible does mention reaping and sowing, makes it clear,there are consequences to every actions, in what comes around goes around..Stated in Job 4:8

          • Puppy

            Satan’s favorite battlefield to fight you is in your mind, if he can get you to think a curtain way while on your walk with Christ his job is done. Any thoughts of hate, envy, strife, division, and sorrow, are placed by Satan,and his Demons to throw you off on your walk. That’s why,we,HAVE,to renew our mind everyday by reading God’s word

            Do you watch PG13 movies?
            Do you listen to rock or country music?
            Do you watch TV that is not entirely geared toward preschoolers?
            Do you get on the internet?
            Do you read magazines?
            Do you look at signs or billboards as they drive down the road?
            Do you go to the beach or to swimming pools?

        • Puppy

          Rebellious peoples are called (Children of disobedience) and the only reward for such peoples is the wrath of God.” Colossians 3.6, the term Thug is a earthly term and is not found or supported in the Bible, Jesus doesn’t see peoples as thugs and neither should we as Christians. if we,strive to be like Christ we must have his mindset, and think like him”SPEAK like him! when peoples see us,they see Christ in us.

  • Amos Moses

    So what happened to the “Code Orange Revival Night” in Charlotte just a few weeks ago ……… John Gray, Stephen Furtick and the rest of the heretics claiming miracles and revival in Charlotte …………. /SMH ………..

  • Becky

    BLM’s is founded on futile lies and the liberal media loves it. It surely appears that the media is doing all they can to provoke BLM…to the point of extinction…the extinction of “black” people. Is that what the media is hoping for??

  • Reason2012

    There are always ring-leaders. Almost a guarantee they were flown in by this administration to start the violence and protests. Find out who they are and arrest them and expose those who pad to have them start the violence and racist protests.

  • Charles

    These people are being bussed in from Soros.. Some people will do anything for a buck.