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No Charges Against Charlotte Police Officer in Keith Scott Shooting

Photo: via nbcnews.com

Photo: via nbcnews.com

No charges will be brought against the Charlotte, N.C. police officer involved in the September shooting death of Keith Scott. 

The shooting of Keith Scott sparked days of unrest in Charlotte as disputes over whether Scott was armed and posed a deadly threat ignited riots throughout the city.

District Attorney R. Andrew Murray said that, "Officer Vinson acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Scott." He added, "All of the credible and available evidence suggests that he was armed."

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BREAKING: Loaded Gun Recovered at Scene of Charlotte Police Shooting Had Victim's Fingerprints On It

Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

A loaded gun recovered at the scene of the police-involved shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, NC had Mr. Scott's fingerprints on it, according to a source close to the investigation. 

The shooting prompted several days of protests and violent riots that resulted in the death of one protester at the hands of another.

The revelation that Mr. Scott's fingerprints, DNA, and blood were apparently located on a gun at the scene of the shooting would refute the claims of protesters that Mr. Scott was unarmed at the time of his death.

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Young Man Earns Praise, and Scorn, For Offering Hugs to Police Officers in Charlotte

Photo: Free Hugs Project/YouTube

Photo: Free Hugs Project/YouTube

A young man from California has earned both praise -- and scorn -- for offering free hugs to police officers during the Charlotte protests.

Ken Nwadike Jr, who founded the Free Hugs Project, was in South Carolina when the protests broke out. He made his way to Charlotte and initiated his unique outreach approach. 

Many officers appeared to appreciate Nwadike's gesture, with one saying, "Thanks for being out here and being peaceful."

Some of the protesters were not amused by Nwadike's gesture, yelling and hurling profanities at him for offering the police hugs.

Nwadike responded to some of the angry protesters by stating, "His uniform doesn’t make him a robot just like your skin color doesn’t make you a criminal," as he pointed to officers.

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16 Police Officers Injured Amid Riots in Charlotte, NC

Protesters in Charlotte, NC;  Photo: Reuters

Protesters in Charlotte, NC; Photo: Reuters

At least 16 police officers have been injured amid overnight riots and protests in Charlotte, NC after the police-involved shooting death of a man on Tuesday.

The injuries to the officers was described as minor; however, at least one officer was said to have taken a rock to the face.

Although social media almost immediately circulated a rumor that the man who had been shot, identified at 43-year old Keith Lamont Scott, had been unarmed, police revealed otherwise.

Authorities stated that Scott was in fact armed with a gun and given multiple commands to drop his weapon before he was shot.

"The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon... Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it," stated Police Chief Kerr Putney.

Protesters in Charlotte held aloft signs that stated, "Black Lives Matter," and "Stop Killing Us." 

Both Mr. Scott as well as the officer who shot him were African-American.

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Off-Duty Officer Shoots and Kills Mall Gunman in Charlotte, NC

An off-duty police officer working at a mall in Charlotte, NC shot and killed an armed gunman on Christmas Eve. 

After an altercation broke out at the Northlake Mall between two groups of people, reportedly over a previous shooting, one of the individuals involved in the argument produced a gun and killed another person. 

As bullets rang out through the mall, scores of shoppers ran for the exits.

Off-duty officers working at the mall confronted the individual and shot and killed him.

A statement released by Charlotte police stated, “There was one armed subject that was shot during the altercation and he was pronounced deceased on scene by paramedics. No officers were injured during this shooting. This was not an active shooter situation.”

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