Kieth Scott protests cost Charlotte taxpayers $4.6 million

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The city of Charlotte says protests following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September cost city taxpayers $4.6 million.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/2eSSEzc) that city officials say almost $4 million of that went to police overtime with varying amounts for damage to public property. The total doesn’t include private property damage.

The city plans to use reserves to cover the cost, which covers a three-week period from Sept. 20 through Oct. 7.

Meanwhile, multiple media outlets report that seven Charlotte residents have sued over police use of tear gas and smoke bombs. They want a temporary restraining order to prevent Charlotte police from using force against nonviolent protesters.

The city said in a statement that Charlotte police strive to protect everyone’s right to protest peacefully.

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