Charlotte Sees 2nd Night of Violence
One person was shot late Wednesday in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, as protesters rallied for a second night in response to the police killing of an African-American man.
The governor of North Carolina declared a state of emergency in Charlotte and deployed National Guard troops in the city.
Early in the night there were peaceful marches, but they later turned violent with clashes erupting between police in riot gear and protesters. Officers fired tear gas to try to disperse crowds. Some people smashed store windows and set small fires in streets.
The situation was largely calm by the early hours of Thursday.
The city government initially said someone was killed Wednesday night when shot by another civilian, not police, but later said that person was critically injured. Charlotte's police department said four officers were also hurt, none with life-threatening injuries.
On Tuesday, the first night of protests, there were about 24 people injured, including 16 police officers.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts appealed for calm, saying Charlotte has always been a place where people can have peaceful dialogue.
The protest come in response to Tuesday's shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex. Police said officers were looking for someone else when they saw Scott come out of a car with a gun, and that the officer fired after Scott ignored warnings to drop it.
Scott's family says he was unarmed, and was instead carrying a book when he was shot. Witnesses said he had his hands in the air.
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Has Putin Amassed $2 Billion in Secret Wealth?
A Russian banker has reportedly tried to argue that President Vladimir Putin does not have vast secret wealth because he is "very much dedicated to his job."
During an interview in Moscow with CNBC television, part of the U.S. NBC network, Russian banker Andrey Kostin cast doubt on a $2 billion money trail leading to Putin, as revealed in financial documents known as the Panama Papers.
Kostin, the chief executive of Russia's state-owned VTB bank, said, "I don't believe that Mr. Putin has $2 billion, because even if he wanted to have, I don't know how he is going to spend them,” Kostin said in a portion of the interview published online. The banker said he does not think that “earning private wealth" is one of Putin’s personal priorities, and that no one has ever seen evidence of such wealth possessed by the Russian president.
By assets, VTB Bank is Russia's second-biggest, after Sberbank, which also is state-owned. The government has a 60.9 percent stake in VTB, but Kostin denied the Kremlin has influenced his bank's operations.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) reported in April that suspicious payments made by “Putin’s cronies may have, in some cases, been intended as payoffs, possibly in exchange for Russian government aid or contracts.” The secret documents suggested that much of the money originally came from a bank in Cyprus, the ICIJ said, “that, at the time, was majority owned by the Russian state-controlled VTB Bank.”
The documents also showed dozens of transactions, over more than a decade, involving people or companies linked to Putin, who has been in power at the Kremlin since 2000. Among those identified in the document were Putin's long-time friend, cellist Sergei Roldugin, and the wife of Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov. Putin has admitted there were transactions between him and Roldugin, but said there was no evidence of illegal activity. Roldugin has dismissed any suggestion that he was either a custodian or a conduit for Putin's money or assets.