Friday night protests mostly peaceful

Friday night protests peaceful

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Protesters marched through uptown Charlotte Friday in the fourth night of demonstrations and rallies since a Charlotte man was killed by police.

There were a half-dozen arrests for violating the midnight curfew, but Friday night's protests were generally peaceful, with life seeming to return to normal in many areas.

The city remains under a state of emergency and National Guard troops and police were highly visible in the city center.

Protesters gathered at Trade and Tryon about 8:30 Friday night. They chanted and carried signs as about 100 people marched through city streets. They made a stop at the Omni Hotel on Trade Street where protester Justin Carr was killed.

Most of the crowd dispersed about 1:30 a.m. but a few protesters remained on the streets.

Police arrested six people about 2:30 a.m. for violating the curfew, and one person was charged with resisting arrest.

A frequent chant of the marchers was "Release the tapes," referring to police dash-cam and body-cam videos which may have captured the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott Tuesday afternoon.

The State Bureau of Investigation has said the decision and the authority to release the video lies with the city.

"Regarding the video of the event captured by CMPD cameras, CMPD remains the custodian of the original recording and as such has the legal authority to release it," officials with the SBI said. "It is understood discussions are actively underway between local officials regarding the release of that video."

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