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this is cnn breaking news. >> another night of ugly protests in charlotte. widespread damage with protesters damaging cars and even reporters under attack. now the family of the man killed is disputing. we are live in charlotte after another violent night. welcome to "early start." i'm christine romans. >> i'm john berman. it is 4:00 a.m. in the east on thursday, september 22nd.
this was the second night of protests that took a dangerous turn which follows a deadly shooting. governor mccrory issued a state of emergency. the mayor is considering a curfew. overnight, the protests were peaceful and near riots. these are looters smashing windows. vandalizing buildings and damaging the bank of america building and the charlotte hornets store. at the hyatt, protesters broke out the windows with bricks and punched hotel employees. our cnn reporter ed lavandera, he was slammed to the ground. >> reporter: they were trying to get agitators off the grounds and speak -- [ yelling ]
>> ed, are you okay if. >> reporter: anderson, are you oka okay? >> they came back and apologi d apologized. police say the four charlotte officers suffered non-life threatening injuries. one person, a civilian, was shot by another civilian. that person is on life support at this moment or in critical condition. officials reported earlier reports that the person had in fact died. >> the very different stories are emerging of keith lamont scott's death. scott's family says he was unarmed and reading a book in his car. he exited his car with a gun which investigators recovered. he said there was no book found
there. this morning, demands are growing for the release of police video of the shooting. the governor, who has not seen the video has concerns about that. >> one viewpoint of a video doesn't tell the whole story. the angles can make a difference and not hearing often in the video says the complexity. the video is one piece of evidence. we have to be careful with all the new media that is available. in one respect, it is a great and positive thing to the public and in another thing, it can be abused. >> let's turn to nick valencia live in charlotte for us. nick, what is the status on the ground? >> reporter: good morning, christine. last night, the city of charlotte was torn from within by riots. what started as peaceful turned
ugly as demonstrators marched and launched projectiles at police and gas canisters. police responded with flash bag canisters. at least four police officers were injured and news crews were injured. you mentioned cnn's ed lavandera assaulted on camera. a local affiliate crew, i was speaking to them a while ago, they had their news van attac attacked. the protesters did not care the central message and theme. they wanted to cause chaos. you could see some of the aftermath behind me. this is a souvenir shop for local memorabilia. on the other side of the street, a stadium for one of the sports teams. this store, this souvenir store vandalized. this looks like the trash can was thrown through the window and what is left of the
merchandise is still scattered all around. i spoke earlier to the general manager of the high hyatt. he told me what he saw. >> it was peaceful early on here. everyone seemed like in good spirits. there seemed to be good comradery. i don't know what happened. they marched up the street and thingsz g things got ugly fast. >> reporter: what demonstrators are upset about is the facebook live stream video of keith scott's daughter where she alleges her father had a book and not a gun. of course, police have disputed that saying they found a gun on keith scott when they searched him after the shooting.
they say they he aare not going release the video because it is part of the investigation. >> any sense how long before the video is released? and any sense of the measures taken tonight going forward? i understand the mayor suggested a curfew could go in place. >> reporter: that is right. we heard that last night on cnn tonight. she told don lemon there could be a curfew. as far as the timeline, it is not given. it is earlier this summer the governor of north carolina signed a bill in law that prohibits police body cam footage from being part of public record. you need a court order for that to be released. >> thanks, nick valencia. joining us on the phone is marcus dipalgia. he was a photographer in the middle of the violence in
charlotte. what we heard is this started as comradery and anger, but under control anger about the police shooting. and then really quickly folks got amped up and it turned damage. >> from 8:00 p.m. to midnight, there was so much tear gas and pepper balls showed, i did not have a chance to take off my gas mask for more than a couple seconds. protesters were smashing glass everywhere. i remember what i now assume was the restaurant manager or owner screaming at protesters for wrecking their windows. one of the most striking visuals and i have not left yet was when protesters got on the highway. police got in a single file line and shot pepper balls at them to get them off the highway. this was a really bad night for the city. i was pushed to the ground and
so was my crew, but we all got out uninjured. >> how many people? do you understand the sense of the numbers? for people who do not know charlotte, this was in the business district. where tourists go. where the hornets play. i think intentionally so, we heard community leaders say we want to boycott the businesses. we want to make clear to the city in general, they say, that what is happening to their community is unacceptable. >> absolutely. the night started out really peacefully and calmly with protesters in the city park. everybody talking to each other. things got very nasty very fast when everybody moved downtown. once everybody moved downtown, i estimate the crowd over 1,000
people. they set up a line in front of the omni hotel. that is when things started going out of control. >> marcus, let me ask you video, if there is video that has not been released. we know a new state law prohibits release of the body cam video. that doesn't go into effect until october 1st. people in the streets are angry because they don't believe the police are transparent enough yet. you need to let people see what happened for themselves. >> what i hear from witnesses from the location and i want to be careful when i say this. this is not information i can
confirm or even begin to remotely say it is accurate. they are telling me this was a man they saw him every single day in the same possession. as they were walking to the store, they would look into the car window and see him reading a book. that's what witnesses are telling me. these same witnesses also streamed video on facebook and they say that the video and i have not seen it. they say that video was taken seconds after the shooting happened. that it does not show any gun on the ground next to the victim. they say that the gun only appeared after police moved them back. again, i really want to be careful with the way i say that because i have no way of confirming that or even any reason to believe it is accurate at all without seeing the video first. >> marcus, you were out there overnight. do you have any reason to
believe that tonight, thursday night, won't be like this again? >> yeah, you know, i did not see a huge amount of organization on the part of the police or protesters. it looked like police lost control of the situation. i think now that both police and protesters will have a good six-to-eight hours of daylight after everybody goes to sleep and wakes back up and organize. i'm nervous about what will happen tonight, thursday night, because people will have time to organize. >> marcus dipaola. freelance photographer. filing your footage just moments ago. thank you for joining us. the violence in charlotte in stark contrast to the scene in tulsa. 40-year-old terence crutcher. demonstrators call for justice. police in tulsa say people are
channelling anger and frustration into positive protest. >> we are mad. we have every right to be mad just like our brothers and sisters in charlotte. we want people to express that anger in a way that is constructive. we don't want to tear up our property or cars. we don't want to commit violence against police officers nor one another. we need a place to come and say i'm mad and i need to be able to express that. >> a tulsa officer shot crutcher friday as he waited for help when his suv broke down in the middle of the road. crutcher was unarmed, but the attorney for officer shelby says she feared he had a gun and she fired. we will have more on the damaging protests in charlotte and we will talk about the
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both hillary clinton and donald trump are walking a fine political line as they respond to the shootings in tulsa and charlotte. they offered different issues. trump addressed the issue at the town hall in ohio and hillary clinton talked about the change during a speech in florida. >> there is still much we don't know about what happened in both
incidents. we do know that we have two more names to add to a list of african-americans killed by police officers in these encounters. it is unbearable and it needs to become intolerable. i have spoken to many police chiefs and other law enforcement leaders who are as deeply concerned as i am and deeply
committed as i am to reform. why? because they know it is essential for the safety of our communities and our officers. >> hands up. he was doing everything he was supposed to do. everything. and a young policeman shot it man. i don't get it. you can come -- i don't care
where you are coming from. there is something really bad going on. i don't know if she choked. he was walking to the car. hands high. now maybe she choked. something really bad happened. >> trump also praised stop and frisk as a police tactic saying it would help stem the violence. trump suggested a national stop-and-frisk policy. he would like it nationwide. new numbers show donald trump as tax and spend proposal
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an update on the violent protests in charlotte, north carolina. this in the wake of the deadly police shooting. rioters smashed store windows and painted "black lives matter" on several buildings. four police officers were hurt and one civilian is on life support after being shot by another civilian. the family of keith lamont scott is the man who was killed by police, they are disputing the police accounts of his death.
they claim that scott was unarmed and reading a book in his car when he was killed. police insists scott exited the car with a gun and found no gun. protesters are demanding police release the video of the shooting immediately. also breaking word of the military fighter jet crashes over the coast of okinawa. one person has been rescued. it is not clear what caused the aircraft to crash. suspected bomber ahmad khan rahami is unconscious and intubated following surgery in newa newark. authorities are still unable to question him about the bombing that left 29 people injured. fbi agents are guarding his room around the clock. his wife is back in the united states. she met with investigators in emirates arab weapodnesday.
we have new video supporting allegations by the feds that the suspect tested explosives there. the fbi wants to talk to the men captured on camera touching the bomb that did not detonate in chelsea. he left behind the explosive device and took off with the bag. the two men are not considered suspects, but because they touched that bag and they were in the area, they need to talk to them. >> they are witnesses. protests over police shooting death of a black man in north carolina and the protests that were violent overnight. there was looting. you can see the damage caused. a very dangerous night. we're live in charlotte next.
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night overnight in charlotte. this is the second night of danger on the streets there. you can see looters shattering windows. reporters were attacked. there were protests as well. there were some peaceful protests which all stemmed over the fact a black man was killed by police officers. the family of the dead man is now disputing the police account. we are live on the ground in charlotte this morning. welcome back to "early start." i'm john berman. >> i'm christine romans. it is 31 minutes past the hour. breaking news this morning. a new night of violence. a new eruption of violence in charlotte, north carolina. the second night of protests that took a dangerous turn following deadly police shooting. governor pat mccrory issued a state of emergency and the mayor considering a curfew. overnight, protesters smashed
buildings with rocks and other items and other buildings were damaged. one protester broke out a window with bricks. protesters were punching hotel employees. cnn's own ed lavandera was slammed to the ground. >> reporter: tried to come in and grab those people. [ yelling ] >> ed, are you okay? >> reporter: we're fine, anderson. someone taking out their frustration on me. >> i guess you could say the guy came back later and apologized to ed. >> ed doesn't want to be part of the story. he wants to report the story. >> police say four charlotte officers suffered non-life threatening injuries. one civilian shot another
civilian and that civilian is on life support. >> this all started because of a police shooting and there are very different stories emerging of how keith lamont scott died. his family said he was unarmed reading a book in his car. the police chief said scott got out of the sccar with a gun and investigators found no book at all. this morning, demands are growing for the release of police video of the shooting. the governor who has not seen the video says he has concerns about that. one viewpoint of a video doesn't even tell the whole story. the angles can make a difference. not hearing often if the video says the complexity -- the video we have to be careful with all of the new media that is
available. in one respect, it can be used to a very great positive thing for our public and in another way, the video can be abused. >> reporting from the ground now in charlotte is our nick valencia. nick, anymore protests at this hour? >> reporter: no, we don't see anymore demonstrators or protesters. that has been a couple of hours since things disbursed on the streets of charlotte. there are some residents to see the aftermath and see what happened to the streets of downtown charlotte which was torn from within by rioters. the peaceful demonstrations started at 6:00, but escalated into something worse. agitators led to police with tear gas. some said it wasn't until the tear gas that things got violent. you see behind me, a souvenir
store, the aftermath of rioters. we saw investigators here starting to take pictures and a short time ago before we started our broadcast here. a lot of businesses are more of the same. this string of businesses that are lining the thoroughfare in charlotte with graffiti and smashed windows. you can see "blm" spray painted on an atm. there are similar -- excuse me. spray painted throughout charlotte. we heard from a national congress member in the state of north carolina who asked where the national leadership was within the black lives matter movement. >> what we see now is totally unacceptable. where is martin luther king today? where is the spirit of martin luther king? we cherish him and his memory every february and honor him. where is the spirit of that? where is the leadership?
this is nonsense. we need for truth to prevail and truth to come out. we need people to walk in integrity and for those who have come in now to agitate and try to bring disorder and more of the violence and raise the level of concern. where is the measured voices of the president of the united states? where is the measured voice of the head of the justice department or attorney general? these are leaders for the african-american community. where is the thoughtful response to bring calm and bring assu assuran assurance? >> reporter: things were anything by calm last night. what is the issue here is the threads of information released by the family and police. keith scott's family said he was
unarmed and waiting for his son to get off the school bus with a book. police did find a gun on him and officers feared for their lives which is why they had to open fire. the frustration fueled by the lack of transparency. they want to see body cam footage and dash cam footage. because that is part of the investigation, it won't be released anytime soon. john, christine. >> nick, you have to realize the authorities are trying to figure out what to get out quickly. we have seen in cases before, if you allow the two competing story lines to flourish, people may not believe that video or not believe the outcome of the investigation if it takes too long. >> reporter: that's right. it seems there is an intense amount of public distrust of police officers here in charlotte among the community. a lot of the confrontation by
demonstrators by police is fueled by the facebook live stream video by keith scott's daughter after scott was shot to death by police. in it, she discovered her father was shot and killed. it is raw and emotional. by now it has been viewed hundreds and thousands of times as the video was viewed more and more, people spilled into the streets. police bracing for possibly more protests tonight. they are prepared and the national guard has been called in to help. christine. >> nick valencia on the ground for news charlotte. before the night of violence, the wife of keith scotti issueda statement. as a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask you protest
peacef peacefully. do not damage property or take things in the name of protesting. >> we spoke earlier with marcus dipaola. he described how things unfold the in downtown charlotte. >> after 8:00 to midnight, i really did not have a chance to take off by gas mask for more than a couple seconds at a time. protesters were smashing glass everywhere. i remember what i now assume was the restaurant manager or owner screaming at protesters for wrecking windows. one of the most striking visuals that i remember and i have not left yet because i finished compiling the footage. protesters got on the highway. police got in a single file line and shot pepper balls at them to get off the highway. this was a really bad night for the city.
i was pushed to the ground twice and so were my crew. >> marcus, you were out there overnight. do you have any reason to believe that tonight, thursday night, won't be like this again? >> yeah. i did not see huge amount of organization on either the part of the police or protesters. it looked like police lost control of the situation. i think now that both police and protesters will have a good six-to-eight hours of daylight, everybody will have time to organize. i'm really nervous about what will happen tonight evening thursday night because people will have time to organize. >> thanks to marcus dipaola for that. the violence in charlotte, north carolina, contrast to the scene in tulsa, oklahoma, where police shot another black man. teren terence crutcher.
police released dash cam video. leaders say protesters are channelling constructive protests. >> we are really mad. we believe we have every right to be mad just like our brothers and sisters in north carolina, but we are trying to do here tonight is give people a place to express that anger in a way that is constructive. we don't want to tear up our property, cars. we don't want to commit violence against police officers nor one another. we need a place to come and say i'm mad and i need to be able to express that. >> a tulsa officer shot crutcher friday as he waited for help when when his suv broke down. the lawyer for betty shelby said she feared he was going for a gun and she fired. donald trump called out the
most powerful woman in the world and now she is firing back. what janet yellen said in the interest of keeping interest rates low. >> she is political. she is keeping them artificially low to get obama retired. i think she is very political and she should be ashamed of herself. >> remarkable statement. you don't hear that language on the independent criticism. the woman who runs the independent fed reserve board. at the news conference, a reporter asked janet yellen about the comments. >> the federal reserve is not politically compromised. we do not discuss politics in our meetings. i cannot recall any meeting i attended where politics is a matter of discussion. >> the fed kept rates unchanged. the next meeting is six days before the next election. i think 1913, it was formed as
an independent body. the terms of the people for 14 years to withstand the whim with whims of the approximately season in washington. >> i'm not suggesting her decisions are political. >> his decision is rates are low and that is artificially inflating the stock market. it is a false market. there is debate for a long time if the rates are too low. now they painted themselves in a corner. that is a real debate. to say the fed reserve should be ashamed. the city of charlotte cleaning up after protests turned dangerous. we will have an update on that. also, a look at how donald trump and hillary clinton are responding to the protests overnight to charlotte and police shootings in tulsa and
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the breaking news this morning. violence erupts in charlotte, north carolina. this is the second night we have seen this there. you see rioters smashing windows and buildings vandalized. protesters broke into a hyatt hotel and attacked employees. one person is on life support after being shot by a protesters. donald trump and hillary clinton respond to police shootings in charlotte and tulsa. they offered different proposals for changing police practices. trump at a town hall in a speech in ohio. clinton talked about it
during a speech in florida.
>> there is still much we don't know about what happened in both incidents. we do know that we have two more names to add to a list of african-americans killed by police officers in the evncoun r encounters. i have spoken to many police chiefs and other law enforcement leaders who are as deeply concerned as i am and deeply committed as i am to reform. why? because they know it is essential for the safety of our communities and our officers. >> hands up. he was doing everything he was supposed to do. everything. and a young policeman shot this man. i don't get
it. i don't care where are you coyo coming from. i don't know if she choked. he was walking.
hands were high. he put the hands on the car. maybe she choked. something really bad happened. >> trump also praised stop and frisk as a police tactic. saying it would stem the violence. his tone at the church yesterday. he has been focused on blue lives matter. he stopped and praised stop and frisk which has been criticized in the black community as something that hurts them. >> you saw wildly different positions. it was interesting to hear trump speak. 50 minutes past the hour. federal reserve left interest rates unchanged wednesday. it did lower one important number. we will tell you what that means when we get an early start on your money next.
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here. we have video of rahami's backyard. there appear to be scorch marks which supports allegations that the suspect tested explosives there. the fbi also wants to talk to these two men captured on camera. what they did is they picked the bomb out of the duffel bag that was left on 27th street in chelsea and left the bomb behind. they are thought to be witnesses there. isis suspected of using a mustard agent in the attack on u.s. and iraqi troops at a base near mosul. this is a staging area for u.s. forces supporting iraqis as they push toward mosul in the effort to retake the city from isis. no u.s. troops were injured or showing signs of exposure. and u.s. and russia at odds over who was responsible for the
deadly attack on the u.n. aid convoy in syria this week. russia claims a u.s. coalition drone was spotted near the convoy route. the u.s. says no way. the united nations humanitarian office says it is resuming aid to those cut off since july. let's get an early start on your money. stock market valley after the fed reserve meeting. markets are calm. dow futures are flat. nice gains in europe and oil is pushing higher. the federal reserve kept rates steady as a range of .50%. it cut u.s. growth forecast. 1.8%. that is down from the 2% estimate in june. the ceo of epi-pen maker mylan on capitol hill yesterday. she was blasted for jacking up the price more than 400%.
here is how she justified that price increase. >> i think many people incorrectly assume we make $600 off each pen. it is not true. after subtracting epi-pen related costs, our profit is $100 or approximately $50 per pen. >> that went over like a lead balloon. including the heated exchange with congress member jerry connelly. >> because you have a stranglehold on the market, you can do what you want in terms of pricing and you have. >> sir, we have had many competitors in and out of the marketplace. that just under scores the co complexity. >> that doesn't even pass the giggle test what you assert. you virtually have a monopoly and you used it to your advantage. unfortunately, it is at the expense of people who need it.
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it is 5:00 a.m. in the east. the second night of protests that took a dangerous turn following a deadly police shooting. governor pat mccrory issued a state of emergency and the mayor is considering a curfew if the protests continue. overnight, rioters smashed windows with rocks and bats and damaging the bank of america building and many other buildings. at the height, protesters broke window was bricks and punched employees. cnn's own ed lavandera was slammed to the ground. >> reporter: trying to get various people out of the crowd and other people came in to grab those people. [ yelling ] >> ed, are you okay? >> reporter: we are fine,