Protesters head from the Triangle to Charlotte

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Protesters from the Triangle took a bus to Charlotte (WTVD)

The official motto was "Get On the Bus," but the whole point of this trip was to get off the bus and get moving on the ground.

A group of nearly 60 people from the Triangle headed to Charlotte on Saturday morning to join the ongoing marches and demonstrations in response to a deadly police shooting last week. Participants labeled the trip the Solidarity Caravan.

"It's so important right now to change direction and be there on the ground with our brothers and sisters," Lamont Lilly, one of the trip organizers, told ABC11. "I consider this justified, and quite frankly I consider this righteous."

Protests in Charlotte reached its fifth day after a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Scott on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators have insisted evidence shows Scott was armed and posed a direct threat to officers - which Scott's family has vehemently denied.

Saturday evening police released two videos of the incident.

For two days, demonstrations in Charlotte's Uptown area descended into destructive chaos, where unruly members of the crowd looted businesses and littered the streets with debris. Governor Pat McCrory deployed the National Guard on Thursday, and protests have remained mostly peaceful ever since.

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