Dozens of people marched outside the Minnesota Vikings-Carolina Panthers game Sunday, chanting, “Black lives matter” in a sixth day of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, following the police shooting of a black man.
The protest was smaller than last week’s gatherings, numbering about 100 demonstrators. No violence was reported in contrast to earlier protests that left one man dead and others injured.
One fan was arrested after police searched his bag and found a pistol and loaded magazine, WSOC-TV, Charlotte, North Carolina, reported. The suspect was identified as Bruce Garmon.
Police Saturday released video of Tuesday’s shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The footage did not clearly show whether Scott, a father of seven, was armed as police have said. Scott’s family maintains he was unarmed.
Police also released pictures of a marijuana cigarette, an ankle holster they said Scott was wearing and a gun they said was loaded and bearing Scott’s fingerprints and DNA.
Police in riot gear were stationed outside Bank of America Stadium, which holds 70,000 people. Officers on bicycles kept protesters separated from arriving fans, Reuters reported.
Simon Gebrekristos, 26, arrived with tickets in hand but instead decided to join the protest.
“I can go to the game any other time,” he said.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton warmed up for the game in a T-shirt bearing a Martin Luther King quote: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice anywhere.”
WSOC reported a group of demonstrators kneeled during the national anthem, then started chanting, “Keith Scott.”
Todd Zimmer, who is white, told the Charlotte Observer he had been protesting since Wednesday night to “end white silence” about police killings of African-Americans.
“I’m concerned about the safety of black protesters out here,” he said. “I hope police are judicious in what they do.”
Protesters began dispersing at the start of the fourth quarter. Minnesota won, 22-10.