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Rioters Beat Man, Almost Push Reporter In Fire (Video)

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Protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina, reportedly beat a bystander while he begged for mercy the entire time, and another was nearly pushed into a fire (video below). 

The chaos continued during the second night of protests on Sept. 23 following the deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by Officer Brently Vinson at an apartment complex in the area.

According to police, 44 people have been arrested for a variety of crimes including assault, breaking and entering and failure to disperse. Five officers and several other individuals have been hospitalized due to injuries sustained in the riots, reports the Daily Mail.

In a video of the beating, a white man can be seen begging for mercy while protesters beat him in a downtown Charlotte parking garage.

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During the riots, a cameraman and reporter were allegedly attacked and a CNN reporter was body slammed.

“Ed, are you OK?” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked correspondent Ed Lavandera while the reporter was speaking live from the ravaged city. 

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, we’re fine,” Lavandera responded. “It’s just someone taking out their frustrations on me."

A photographer for WCNC was reportedly knocked unconscious by the crowd and had to be dragged away by police from a nearby fire, reports the Daily Mail.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch called for a “peaceful way forward” during a press conference.

“I know that these are difficult times, and I know that the events of recent days are painfully unclear and they call out for answers,” Lynch told reporters. “But I also know that the answer will not be found in the violence of recent days. Let us all seek a peaceful way forward.”

Meanwhile, Scott's family told CNN that after watching two police videos of the shooting, they could not say whether there was a gun in his hands at the time -- which had previously been disputed. Officers insisted he was holding a gun, while the family said he’d been in his car reading a book.

“It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” attorney Justin Bamberg said. 

Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the department would not yet make the videos public because he did not want to jeopardize the investigation. 

“Transparency's in the eye of the beholder,” he said. “If you think we should display a victim's worst day for public consumption, that is not the transparency I'm speaking of."

Sources: Daily Mail, CNN / Photo credit: Daily Mail 

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