Chants, stare-downs and calm: 15 powerful photos show tension on streets of Charlotte


The amount of animosity protesters felt toward police couldn’t have been much higher on Tuesday and Wednesday. Demonstrators smashed police car windows and were met with clouds of tear gas. But demonstrations became markedly less violent on Thursday and Friday.
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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina Protests against police brutality have rolled through Charlotte, North Carolina, since a black resident of the city named Keith Scott was fatally shot by an officer on Tuesday.

Police maintain Scott had a gun at the time he was killed, while relatives and demonstrators say Scott had only a book.

Demonstrations have ranged from frenetic confrontations with police to calm marches through streets at the center of the city.

The range of emotion in Charlotte has been broad, and we captured that range in photos, below.

A range of speakers shared stories about why they were marching against police brutality in Charlotte, ahead of the third night of protests on Sept. 22.

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Organizers of demonstrations in Charlotte led the group with chants and demands, such as the demand to see all police video related to the shooting of Keith Scott.

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Protesters piled around the police station in Charlotte on Thursday and Friday.

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A protester stands in front of a line of police officers.

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Police in riot gear banged on shields as they marched in an effort to clear protesters. They fired tear gas and pepper spray balls to clear groups.

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Riot police showed up on a highway under the light of Bank of America Stadium on Wednesday after protesters rushed onto the road.

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Many protesters covered their faces in one way or another. Some wanted to protect their identity, while others were protecting against gas.

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Demonstrators rush onto a highway in Charlotte on Sept. 22. Protesters were often followed by police on bicycles until they got to the highway, when police dressed in riot gear would show up.

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An officer walks by a fire set on a highway in Charlotte.

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Protesters get ready to march on Sept. 22.

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Police walk towards a fire on a highway.

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A protester chants on the streets of Charlotte.

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Police officers in riot gear form a line.

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A man with a megaphone protests in Charlotte.

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