Hundreds of protesters rallied overnight Tuesday into Wednesday morning, chanting "black lives matter." Some threw rocks at police, set fires and blocked part of Interstate 85.
Protests erupted after Keith Lamont Scott, a father of seven, was shot and killed by police in an apartment complex parking lot. Cops were looking for another man named in a warrant they were trying to serve.
His family said Scott was unarmed and sitting in his car reading a book, waiting for his son to come home from school.
But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Scott exited his car with a gun, not a book. He said officers couldn't find a book at the scene.
"It's time for the voiceless majority to stand up and be heard," said the police chief, who is black.
"It's time to change the narrative because I can tell you from the facts that the story's a little bit different as to how it's been portrayed so far, especially through social media."
Putney said evidence and witnesses support the officers' claim that Scott was armed.
Officers repeatedly told Scott to drop his handgun, the chief said, but he didn't. Officer Brentley Vinson then shot him.
The chief said he was not certain whether Scott pointed his gun at officers. Vinson, who was in plain clothes and wearing a CMPD vest, did not have a body camera. Three uniformed officers were wearing cameras and investigators are reviewing the footage.
Putney said 16 officers were injured in the protests.
At least seven people were hospitalized with minor injuries, WSOC reported. Five others were arrested.
The mayor and police chief implored the community to refrain from more violence.