The Latest: Obama Urges Calm in Wake of Shootings

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on unrest in Charlotte following the shooting of a black man by police (all times local):

8:15 a.m.

President Barack Obama says recent reports of unarmed African Americans being shot by police “should be a source of concern for all Americans.”

In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Obama declined to address specific cases, although he noted that the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, had invited the Justice Department to investigate the shooting there.

Obama said protesters expressing their frustrations by looting or breaking glass aren’t going to “advance the cause” of racial justice. He added, “my hope is that in days to come, people in the community pull together and say, ‘How do we do this the right way?'”

He said “it’s important for all of us to say we want to get this right.”

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8:15 a.m.

Organizers are planning weekend protests in Atlanta as a response to the police shooting deaths of Terence Crutch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.

On Friday, the Georgia NAACP is holding a rally and sit-in. According to the Georgia NAACP Facebook page, the group will meet downtown and march at 7 p.m. to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical site, before marching to an undisclosed location to rally and sit-in.

The “ATL Silent Protest” is planned for Saturday. Organizer Steven Chatman tells WXIA-TV (http://on.11alive.com/2cRbqXd ) that instead of chanting and yelling as they did at July protests, protesters will remain silent.

The ATL Silent Protest will take place from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Lenox Train Station and 7 p.m. to 12 p.m. at Peachtree Center Station.

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6:25 a.m.

The curfew has ended for Friday in Charlotte following a night of mostly peaceful protests of the shooting of a black man by an officer.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts issued the curfew order Thursday night, to be in effect from midnight until 6 a.m. each day that the state of emergency continues.

Charlotte officials say the order was issued “to more effectively protect the lives.”

Protesters are upset about the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot by a black police officer Tuesday afternoon.

Protests were violent Tuesday and Wednesday night. The curfew order was issued at 9:15 p.m. Thursday and officials said the protests were mostly peaceful. The North Carolina National Guard helped patrol the city Thursday.

The curfew makes exceptions for law enforcement, medical, utility and news media.

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6:20 a.m.

Charlotte police have released details on charges against five people in the protests that followed the shooting of a black man by an officer.

Police spokeswoman Cindy Wallace said in a statement that 19-year-old Ian Bowzer is charged with kicking in doors of the Hyatt Hotel downtown Thursday. Bowzer was arrested and charged with injury to real property.

Forty-nine-year-old Daniel Baker is accused of breaking into a downtown restaurant. Baker was arrested and charged with breaking and entering and larceny after breaking and entering.

It wasn’t known if the men have attorneys.

Officers have warrants for two other people in that restaurant break-in. They are also charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and conspiracy.

Another man faces similar charges for a break-in at another downtown restaurant Tuesday.

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2:20 a.m.

A third night of protests over a fatal police shooting in Charlotte gave way to quiet streets early Friday after the city’s mayor enacted a curfew and rifle-toting members of the National Guard arrived to guard the city’s business district.

The largely peaceful Thursday night demonstrations called on police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting this week of a black man.

Demonstrators chanted “release the tape” and “we want the tape” while briefly blocking an intersection near Bank of America headquarters and later climbing the steps to the door of the city government center. Later, several dozen demonstrators walked onto an interstate highway through the city, but they were pushed back by police in riot gear.

 

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