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Hillary Cancels Charlotte Trip After Mayor Urges 'Later' Visit for Both Candidates

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Violent protests in Charlotte. (AP)

By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 11:01 PM

Hillary Clinton on Friday postponed a Sunday trip to Charlotte after Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged that both she and Donald Trump visit the beleaguered city "at a later time."

The Democratic nominee's campaign announced the move on Twitter:

 

But her Republican opponent quickly slammed Clinton for making the decision to visit in the immediate aftermath of the shooting on Tuesday that has sparked four nights of protests:

 

 

Trump reportedly is planning to visit Charlotte later next week, after Monday's presidential debate.

Earlier Friday, Roberts urged both candidates to visit North Carolina's largest city "at a later date" as the city continues to deal with the fallout of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, who is African American, by police.

"We appreciate the support of candidates," she told Erin Burnett on CNN. "We appreciate that they are concerned about Charlotte.

"At this point, we do have very stressed resources for security," she added. "They are working around the clock.

"If there would be a way to delay these visits, in terms of giving us a chance to get our city back to order and back to more of a state of normalcy, that would probably be ideal," Roberts said.

The city remains under a state of emergency, which was declared Wednesday by Gov. Pat McCrory after a second night of protests turned violent.

Those demonstrations brought multiple injuries of police and civilians and many arrests.

Justin Carr, 26, died Thursday from a gunshot wound to the head he had sustained in Wednesday's unrest.

On Friday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police arrested and charged a 21-year-old man, Rayquan Borum, in the shooting death.

The National Guard and State Highway Patrol were out in force Thursday during demonstrations that were largely peaceful — and protests took a similar turn on Friday.

A midnight curfew Roberts declared on Thursday also remained in effect on Friday.

"It is good to see we have a more peaceful evening again tonight," Roberts told CNN's Don Lemon later Friday. "But we know we are still have resources deployed — and we want to make sure that we can have the best environment for a visit.

"We are grateful for their interest."

In addition, attorneys for Scott's family Friday released video of the shooting taken by his wife, Rakeyia Scott.

The footage does not show the actual shooting. It does include the voices of officers ordering Keith Scott to drop a gun, sounds of shots fired, and the body of Scott being tended to by officers.

Rakeyia Scott can also be heard on the video saying: "Don't shoot him. He has no weapon. He doesn't have a gun."

Whether her husband had a gun or not remains an issue in the case.

"It's a very painful video, and our thoughts are with the Scott family," Roberts told Lemon.

"It's just very difficult.

"The challenge is that it's inconclusive," she said, adding that she has seen two police videos.

"They're inconclusive and they don't tell the whole story — and that's the challenge."

She reiterated her call for the police footage to be released, which she said would be through the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. The independent agency is overseeing the probe.

However, Lemon noted that SBI official said that the authority rested with local police.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Thursday that the decision rested with the state agency.

"We have our attorneys currently in conversation as to who actually has the legal authority to release it," Roberts told Lemon.

"My statement will continue to be is whoever has that authority, I am urging them to release it," she added. "I'm urging them to show transparency — and to complete that investigation as soon as possible so we have a full picture."

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