Community on edge after nights of violent protests

In the midst of the protests and violence in uptown Wednesday night, one man went around giving free hugs to spread the love amid all this violence.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- People in the Charlotte community are on edge, unsure of what to expect after the past two nights were filled with protests, property damage, and violence. 

It's been 48 hours since an officer-involved shooting that left an African American man dead and since then, there have been protests and riots on I-85 as well as in uptown Charlotte. NBC Charlotte talked with people in this community who are scared and also trying to figure out how to help the situation improve.

"Really it's just scary," said Faith Massey. "The thought that the violence and everything is so close to home. I have five kids so it's a little frightening for them."

"Makes me feel bad, they're tearing up where they gotta live," said Darryl Witherspoon. "They gotta go to these stores, it's for them to go to as well. It's like tearing down your own house."

"For the past 48 hours we've been running on emotion," said community leader Shaun Corbett. "Let's take a break, let's think, let's take a deep breath."

Rumors of a planned protest at SouthPark Mall had council member Kenny Smith at the intersection of Sharon and Fairview Roads, but no protest took place.

"I think a lot of folks view this protest and, they're frustrated," Smith said. 

Corbett says the actions the past couple of nights, haven't been in the best interests of the family of Keith Lamont Scott.

"We think what we're doing is in their name, but that's not true," Corbett said. "Because every time they turn on the TV and see chaos in their city, that extends their grieving process. They can't start to grieve they can't start to mourn and go through what they're going through."

Corbett is hosting a press conference Friday with members of the community as well as business owners.

Copyright 2016 WCNC


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