Dozens of armed National Guardsmen took up positions on street corners in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday after the family of a black man fatally shot by police released its own video of the encounter that has sparked three days of sometimes violent protests.
Few people were on the streets as the sun began to set and crowds were sparse in bars and restaurants in the Uptown section of the city. Some people heading home after work stopped to chat with Guardsmen.
The family of shooting victim Keith Scott continued to urge officials to release their own recordings of the slaying as they called for peace in Charlotte.
The moment when a black police officer shoots Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven, cannot be seen in the two-minute video recorded by his wife, Rakeyia, who can be heard urging officers not to fire.
“Don’t shoot him! He has no weapon,” she can be heard telling officers as they yell at Scott, “Drop the gun!”