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    Charlotte Rioters Try To BURN REPORTER ALIVE

    Charlotte Rioters Try To BURN REPORTER ALIVE
    5:28 AM 09/22/2016ha

    Demonstrators and rioters surround a fire in downtown Charlotte during riots in the city. [WCCB livestream screengrab]

    Rioters in Charlotte attempted to throw a photographer into a fire they started, a local news station reported Wednesday night.

    WCCB said in a tweet at 10:48 p.m. that its reporters witnessed “protesters” attempting to burn the photographer.

    The statement was repeated by reporter Marvin Beach on WCCB’s livestream of the riots, who said the station’s photographer witnessed the attack. It’s unclear why the effort failed, but WCCB’s livestream later captured police providing assistance to the photographer, indicating he was rescued without suffering grievous harm.

    The photographer in question was white, raising the possibility he may have been targeted by for racial reasons by mostly-black rioters.

    North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in the city, so that National Guard can be deployed to assist police in quelling the riots.

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    CNN’s Burnett Shares That Most Arrested NC Protesters Were From Out of State

    by Lindsey Ellefson | 3:34 pm, September 22nd, 2016

    It’s not exactly radical to say that people care about their communities, whether the community is a physical region or a group of people with something in common. When a black person is killed by the police, black citizens of the town served by the cop’s precinct and their allies often protest. It makes sense.

    Large-scale demonstrations, though, tend to attract others. Sometimes, the people who come from beyond the region are there because they believe in the message or mission of the protests. Other times, they see an opportunity to act up, get violent, or otherwise cause a scene. Because they aren’t from the community, they aren’t as likely to care about businesses or reputations as those who are protesting because they want to make their town a better place. These destructive demonstrators are called “agitators” and it is widely believed that Ferguson, Missouri, had many of them when they went through an uprising against police brutality and racism in 2014.

    CNN’s Erin Burnett tweeted today that she had learned how many of those who were arrested at the protest last night in Charlotte, North Carolina, were from other states.
    Charlotte police sergeant tells me 70% of ppl arrested last night had out of state ID: “these are not protestors, these are criminals”

    — Erin Burnett (@ErinBurnett) September 22, 2016
    While many out-of-state protesters surely believed in furthering the message that America rejects police brutality, it is worth noting that the police sergeant made a distinction between those who were arrested and the real protesters who are specifically going out to represent and defend their city.

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