The Latest: Increased police presence at Charlotte NFL game


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal police shooting of a black man (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

About 50 Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers dressed in riot gear received an ovation from fans waiting to get into Bank of America Stadium for Sunday’s NFL game.

Security around the stadium was increased in light of recent protests over the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer last Tuesday. In addition to the regular contingent of police officers, North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers placed vehicles on the street surrounding the stadium. Officers in full gear were stationed about every 50 feet along the stadium’s east perimeter.

After two nights of violence, protesters have marched peacefully through the city’s downtown business district for the last three nights.

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10 a.m.

Protests in Charlotte remained peaceful for another night after the release of police video of a man’s shooting death at the hands of officers.

Hundreds of people walked through the city’s downtown streets on Saturday night, as they have for the past few nights. There have been marches each night since Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death Tuesday by police. One man was shot and later died in rioting that broke out on Wednesday night, but the nights since have been more peaceful.

A midnight to 6 a.m. curfew has been in effect since Thursday, and National Guardsmen have been stationed throughout downtown each night. Four people were arrested Saturday night on charges ranging from curfew violation to impeding traffic and possession of a homemade weapon.

Police are on high alert Sunday after due to the possibility of protests surrounding an afternoon football game in downtown between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings.

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8:45 a.m.

Police are taking special security precautions in anticipation of protests around a football game in downtown Charlotte.

The city has declared the Sunday afternoon game between the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings an extraordinary event. That allows them to ban backpacks and regular items that can be used as weapons, such as chains and box cutters.

It also allows police more latitude to stop and search people within an area for several blocks in all directions from Bank of America Stadium.

There have been protests every day since Keith Lamont Scott was shot to death by Charlotte police on Tuesday. In his request for the declaration, Police Chief Kerr Putney wrote that he has intelligence that more protests and “acts of disruption” are planned during the game.

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8:25 p.m.

An attorney for the family of a man shot by Charlotte police says newly released footage from authorities doesn’t show a gun in the man’s hand.

Justin Bamberg told reporters on Saturday night that the dashcam and body camera footage released on Saturday leaves more questions unanswered than it provides clarity. He also said that Keith Lamont Scott’s delay in getting out of his vehicle doesn’t justify his death.

Protesters have been clamoring for the videos since the shooting of Scott by Charlotte police. Officers have said Scott had a gun, according to a police statement. Authorities on Saturday released photographs of a handgun and a holster they said was recovered from the scene.

Ray Dotch identified himself as Scott’s brother-in-law. He objected to reporters’ questions about Scott’s background, saying he shouldn’t have to “humanize him in order for him to be treated fairly.”

“What we know and what you should know about him is that he was an American citizen who deserved better,” he added.

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