A CMPD officer, center, speaks with protesters in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)
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Violent protesters rampaged through parts of downtown Charlotte as anger continued to build over the deadly police shooting of a black man and the wildly different stories about what happened from authorities and the victim's family and neighbors.A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march and then a night of violence after a man was shot and critically wounded as protesters charged police in riot gear trying to protect an upscale hotel in Charlotte's typically vibrant downtown. Police did not shoot the man, city officials said.At one point, television news helicopters showed protesters on the loop highway around downtown, trying to stop cars for several minutes before police arrived.Authorities said three people and four police officers were injured, but those figures had not been updated early Thursday morning.Not long after the Facebook video was posted Tuesday night, the first night of destructive protests began near the shooting scene, about 15 miles northeast of downtown Charlotte.The distrust of police continued after Wednesday's shooting of a protester.
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