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Michael Jordan calls for peaceful demonstration in Charlotte

Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan, left, cheers on his team against the Miami Heat during the second half in Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs first-round series. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Michael Jordan has called for peaceful demonstration and conversation in the wake of the violent protests in Charlotte.

Jordan expressed condolences to the family of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old African-American man who was killed by a black police officer, and to those injured in the ensuing protests in a statement Thursday.

The Hornets owner said, "In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways."

The Hornets team store was looted on Wednesday during the protests.

Jordan says the Hornets are committed to working with "elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community."

Read his full statement below:

First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured. In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.

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