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11 powerful snapshots from the Charlotte protests

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After the police shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte, NC earlier this week, the city has erupted into a state of unrest as both peaceful and violent protests flank the city. Protester Justin Carr was shot and killed during the demonstration on Wednesday. The suspected shooter was arrested Friday. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in Charlotte and prompted the National Guard to assist local law enforcement. Scott's death is only the most recent in a string of police-involved shootings that have claimed black lives this year. The resulting protests reflect the anger, fear, grief, and demands for justice that have been echoing across the country.
Here are several powerful images from the protests.

1. Protesters pass the Firebird sculpture in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

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charlotte protests
Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

2. Frustration in Charlotte is widely felt as large groups took to the streets

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charlotte protests
Photo: Pooja Pasupula

3. Some have approached police lines head on.

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charlotte protests
Photo: Jonathan Brashear

4. One protestor kneels at the spot where Justin Carr was killed.

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charlotte protests
Photo: Chuck Burton

5. "Hands up, don't shoot"

Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer
Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer
Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

6. Allies have joined the protests as well.

7. Fists raised in solidarity.

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charlotte protests
Photo: Mike Blake/Reuters

8. 51-year-old Henry Lee silently refused to leave his seat during the protests.

charlotte protests
charlotte protests
Photo: Twitter

9. A fire burns as protestors block I-85.

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charlotte protests
Photo: Jonathan Brashear

10. Witnesses insist that Keith Scott was unarmed. Protesters march with their hands up to signify the non-threatening stance.

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charlotte protests
Photo: Jonathan Brashear

11. We'll let you caption this

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charlotte protests
Photo: Jeff Siner/Charlotte Observer

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