The mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, has imposed a curfew as hundreds of demonstrators marched to express their anger over the police killing of an African American man whose family says he was unarmed when shot.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts imposed a curfew effective midnight Thursday (0400 GMT Friday) as protesters and police in Charlotte confronted each other for a third evening on Thursday night to denounce the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
But demonstrators remained in the streets well past midnight in defiance of the curfew. Police later said the curfew would not be enforced as long as protests are peaceful.
Police officers armed with rifles fired rubber bullets and tear gas canisters at several hundred protesters blocking a highway.
Scott was killed by police on Tuesday. The 43-year-old’s death outraged Black Lives Matter activists, leading to protests and clashes there.