Night 3 of the protests in Charlotte, NC were for the most part peaceful (see video below). However, police chose not to enforce a midnight curfew prompted by two nights of riots. Police also had to pepper spray some of the protesters who tried to shut down the highway.
A crowd marched for a third successive night, demanding justice for Keith Scott, 43, who was shot dead by a black police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon.
Some of the protesters said they will not stop until the video footage of the shooting is released to the general public for viewing. One protester told Fox News that the NFL football game set for Sunday in Charlotte will not go off due to protesters shutting it down.
Todd Walther, spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Fraternal Order of Police, confirmed held suspicions about some of the protesters not actually being from Charlotte, NC during the protests that unfolded this week. Walther tells CNN’s Erin Burnett:
“This is not Charlotte that’s out here. These are outside entities that are coming in and causing these problems. These are not protestors, these are criminals. We’ve got the instigators that are coming in from the outside. They were coming in on buses from out of state. If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night. I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs. They’re not coming from Charlotte.”
Is there an instigator behind these out-of-state commuters coming into Charlotte? Last time there was a giant city wide protest, it was Ferguson. And many linked billionaire George Soros to basically funding the unraveling of the city, due to his generous $33 million donation to Black Lives Matter and social justice organizations. Earlier email hacks from the DNC this year show that Soros made a recent direct donation to BLM of $650,000. Could this be the stemmed result?
Some have also theorized that the unfolding events in Charlotte may affect the topic discussions and rhetoric of the upcoming political debates between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.