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Charlotte lifts curfew after protests over fatal shooting

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 Police in riot gear walk outside Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.   Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Police in riot gear walk outside Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.. Protests have disrupted the city since Tuesday night following the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte. Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Charlotte authorities lifted a curfew late Sunday that had been set following sometimes violent protests over a fatal police shooting of a black man in the southern US city.

In a joint statement, Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the chairman of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, Trevor Fuller, urged the community to continue to “show their unity in a peaceful and legal manner.”

The curfew had been in place since Thursday, and was lifted “immediately,” the statement said.

A fresh round of protests took place Sunday, but they remained largely peaceful.

Activists demonstrated at and boycotted an American football game between the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings to protest Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting death.

Protesters kneeled while the American national anthem played, in a repeat of protests by high-profile athletes in recent weeks over police brutality toward black men, with police in riot gear standing guard.

On Saturday, police yielded to pressure from politicians, community leaders and protesters to release footage of the shooting, but the images were inconclusive as to whether Scott actually carried a gun, as authorities have claimed.

“It does not make sense to us how this incident resulted in the loss of life… and it’s not clear in the videos that were released,” said Scott’s brother-in-law Ray Dotch.

But police said they had recovered a loaded gun bearing Scott’s DNA, and that he was wearing an ankle holster. They released photographs of those items and marijuana.

They also revealed that the confrontation was triggered after officers who were preparing to serve a warrant on another person noticed Scott was rolling a marijuana cigarette in his vehicle outside his apartment complex and saw him hold a gun up.


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