Protesters gather for 5th day in Charlotte
CHARLOTTE - Several dozen people have gathered at a Charlotte park located just blocks away from the city's police department for a rally and march.
People wore shirts that say "black lives matter" and "support the Charlotte movement" while they waited for speakers to take a makeshift stage in front of a fountain. Two women walked around offering to register people to vote. Others offered bottles of water.
Saturday marked the fifth day of rallies since a black man was shot by police earlier in the week. The demonstrations reached a violent crescendo on Wednesday before the National Guard was called in Thursday to maintain order.
The next two nights of protests were free of property damage and violence, with organizers stressing a message of peace at the end of the week.