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How much will the protests cost the city of Charlotte? Who pays?

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The unrest and protests that happened in Charlotte after the officer-involved fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott have been costly.

Justin Carr, 26, lost his life while protesting. Some residents say they've lost trust in city and police officials. Businesses in Uptown have lost money because customers didn't come out.

But protesters did go out – and forced police to work extended shifts. So, who pays for the financial costs the city has incurred?

Does the State of Emergency that was declared Wednesday night – and lasted for 8 days - cover the bill?

A spokesperson for the city said the declaration gave the city “access to state resources and opens the door to request reimbursement  but there are no guarantees.”

City officials are still trying to determine the next step, but some say it's possible the city will have to foot the bill. One City Council member said "maybe dip into a slush fund."

A city spokesperson says it will be weeks before they can determine which departments incurred over-time.

She said the City Manager is asking each department to individually track how much time was spent on the unrest and protests.

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