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Curfew lifted in Charlotte but peaceful protests continue


Officials in Charlotte, North Carolina, have announced the end to a citywide curfew that was put in place a couple of days ago, amid unrest over the police killing of a black man.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Trevor Fuller, chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, made the decision after several days of protests against the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott on September 20.

The demonstrations entered their sixth day on Sunday, when more than a hundred activists gathered outside a National Football League game at the Bank of America Stadium, demanding justice for Scott.

“We want to let people know that there’s more going on a Sunday than a Panthers game,” said one organizer.

The protest took a new spin when Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton entered the sports venue while wearing a T-shirt adorned with a quote by Martin Luther King Jr. on its back.

“Injustice Anywhere Is A Threat to Justice Everywhere,” the dark shirt read.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton wearing a T-shit with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr. on the back, September 25, 2016. (Photo from social media)

Marcus Ball, another Panthers player, raised his fist as a sign of protest during the national anthem. The rest of the protesters kneeled during the anthem to show their discontent.

A large number of protesters later on blocked traffic at the city’s downtown until they were confronted by police.

The violent encounters between police and the demonstrators have injured more than 10 people. Dozens more have been arrested.

Police had initially refused to release footage of Scott’s shooting, saying dashboard camera and body camera footage will only be shared with the victim’s family.

However, they cave in to immense pressure on Saturday and released two edited videos which did not provide a clear view of the shooting.

Scott’s family argues that he was unarmed when officers opened fire, a claim that police has disputed.

In the videos, Scott is seen exiting his car and stepping away from it with his hands at his side, while officers are heard repeatedly shouting “drop the gun!”

The shooting death of Scott happened at a time when anti-police sentiments were already high across the US due to a surge of unjustified killings of unarmed African Americans over the past few months.

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