CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Protesters blocked part of I-85 and looted a Walmart in north Charlotte after a black man was shot and killed by a CMPD officer Tuesday.
All lanes of Interstate 85 were reopened early Wednesday morning after protesters blocked the highway and started fires.
Protesters looted tractor-trailers and removed the contents to start two fired on I-85 before police forced them off the highway.
Police cleared the protesters from I-85 by using a tear gas a few hours after traffic was blocked.
Seven police officers needed to be hospitalized after the clashes, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. A total of 12 officers were injured, according to a police official.
Protesters also attacked and looted the Walmart on North Tryon Street around 3:30 a.m. The store was closed early Wednesday with pallets piled in front of the doors and shopping carts blocking the driveway into the lot.
As of 7 a.m. crews were still on the shoulder of I-85 cleaning up rocks and bottles that were left behind from the protests.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts appealed for calm and tweeted that "the community deserves answers."
Some protesters were heard yelling "Black lives matter," and "Hands up, don't shoot!" One person held up a sign saying "Stop Killing Us."
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