Charlotte Protests

Police in riot gear march down Trade Street toward the Omni Hotel during protests Sept. 21, 2016, after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott.
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CMPD and the City of Charlotte say they're studying a consultant's recommendations for changes in police training, transparency and other policies. Those came in a report from The Police Foundation of Washington, D.C., hired by the city after demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of a black man last year. 

Courtesy Bonita Graham

This time last year, Charlotte was making national news for the protests that erupted in uptown the day after Keith Scott was shot and killed by a CMPD police officer. But there was another causality last September, 26-year-old Justin Carr who was shot and killed outside of the Omni hotel during one of the demonstrations. Rayquan Borum who was there that night, will be tried for the murder of Carr likely sometime next year.

Protests in Charlotte Sept. 21, 2016
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Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott – and the birth of a protest movement called Charlotte Uprising.

The street protests that followed Keith Scott's killing brought all kinds of people to uptown Charlotte - longtime activists, students, uptown professionals, and local clergy. Within a couple of days, many were rallying around a social media hashtag - #CharlotteUprising.

Video footage captured the night Justin Carr was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte has been released. Doug Miller of the Charlotte Observer petitioned that footage from Sept. 21, 2016,  - the night Carr was shot in front of the Omni Hotel - be made public. 

Superior Court Judge Robert Ervin signed off on the order Tuesday.

Bouchra Idlibi of Charlotte brought her children. She said she's a Syrian-Muslim-American.
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Protests continued Sunday in Charlotte and other parts of the state against President Donald Trump's executive order temporarily banning citizens of seven Muslim countries from entering the U.S. One of Mecklenburg County's two U.S. representatives joined in, while the other says he supports the president.

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A protest broke out at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on Saturday night in the wake of President Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.

The gathering began around 9 p.m. and reached its peak about an hour later, when roughly 60 protesters swarmed the airport's baggage claim clutching homemade signs and chanting, "No hate. No fear. Immigrants are welcome here." Police kept a close perimeter.

The National Weather Service is investigating whether a tornado touched down in south Charlotte Wednesday evening around 6:30 p.m.  A tweet published around that time said a "possible" tornado may have been developing near I-485 southwest of Charlotte, and could cross I-77 through 7 p.m.

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A private autopsy was released late Wednesday for Keith L. Scott, the 43 year old African-American whose deadly encounter with police last month sparked riots and protests across Charlotte.

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Charlotte Talks hosts a public conversation Tuesday night on strengthening trust after the shooting of Keith Scott. A forum is one way to approach this, but there are many one-on-one discussions going on in the community.  Here's one of them.

diners at Essex Charlotte
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Businesses around Charlotte saw sales drop during last week's protests over the shooting death of Keith Scott. But now that a curfew has been lifted and the weekend is approaching, they're hoping for a rebound.

Violence during the first night of protests uptown last Wednesday left some hotels, stores and restaurants, including those around the EpiCentre, with broken windows and other physical damage.

But the week of protests also scared away customers, causing financial damage that most are still recovering from.  

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