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Investigators probing police shootings in North Carolina and Oklahoma

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Investigators on Wednesday were probing a pair of police shootings of black men in North Carolina and Oklahoma, the latest in a long series of such killings that have stirred protest across the United States.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, crowds of protesters briefly blocked an interstate highway, set fires, scuffled with police and briefly tried to break into a Walmart store after a black police officer shot Keith Lamont Scott, 43, who police say had a gun when he approached them in a parking lot.

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The city’s mayor, Jennifer Roberts, promised a swift investigation into the actions of officer Brentley Vinson, who joined the police department in 2014.

“The community deserves answers and (a) full investigation will ensue,” she said on Twitter, adding in a subsequent post, “I want answers too.”

About a dozen police officers and several protesters suffered non-life threatening injuries in the melee.

Those protests erupted hours after the family of Terence Crutcher, 40, condemned his fatal shooting by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer. The family disputed a statement by police that Crutcher, who was unarmed, was reaching into his vehicle when he was shot by white police officer Betty Shelby.

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Two police videos of the Tulsa shooting that have been broadcast widely since their release on Monday have stoked the debate, with U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton calling the contents “unbearable.”

The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Crutcher’s slaying.

Police shootings in cities including New York, Baltimore, Chicago and Ferguson, Missouri, have sparked more than two years of largely peaceful street protests that have been punctuated by days of rioting and arson.

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They have also renewed debate about race and justice in the United States and given rise to the Black Lives Matter movement.

(Writing by Scott Malone; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)

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While talking with veterans on Wednesday, President Donald Trump vowed that he would not politicize the event by reciting his 2020 campaign slogan -- and then did it anyway just seconds later.

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"In all things, we are putting our country first," the president said. "We are saying, let’s say 'Make America great again,' but we are almost there, 'Make America great again.' We may have to switch it. You know what we’re going to switch it to? Huh? Yeah? That is right. I will not say it here, because this is not a campaign speech."

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump retweeted an anti-Semitic super-fan who compared Trump to the "second coming of God." That was after he made comments Tuesday suggesting that Jews who vote for Democrats are traitorous to Israel. The comments come after a long summer of Trump accusing members of the Squad of being anti-Semitic and suggesting that the Clintons are responsible for disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein's death in jail.

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