Protesters, Officers Clash After Deadly Shooting in Charlotte

Protests and chaos in the streets of Charlotte following officer-involved shooting. 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Charlotte Police Department said 12 of their officers were injured following protests after an African-American man was killed by police.

Late Tuesday night crowds began to gather after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Friends said Scott was a father who would wait for his son at the bus stop.

Officers were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant Tuesday afternoon at The Village at College Downs when they observed Scott — not the suspect they were looking for — inside a vehicle, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police.

Police also said, Scott got out of the vehicle armed with a firearm, then got back in. When officers approached the car, police said he got out of the car with the gun again. Charlotte Police said officers considered him to be "an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon. Officers then called a MEDIC and began performing CPR.

The officer who fired the shot was identified as Officer Brentley Vinson.

A man who said he's the brother of Scott told WCNC, "He was waiting on his son to get from school and police came out with no.. he didn't have on no uniform to determine if he was a police or not -- he was an undercover and he just jumped out and yelled 'gun' and shot at him.”







A woman who says she’s Scott’s daughter also posted a video on Facebook Live from the scene. According to WBTV, the woman said Scott was sitting in his vehicle reading a book and waiting for the school bus to drop off his son. In the video, she is heard saying police came up to him, yelled for him to get his hands up and broke open the car window. She said he was tasered and then shot four times. In the video, she said her father was disabled, didn't have a gun and was even scared of them. WCNC reported that CMPD Chief Kerr Putney said dash camera video won't be released in this case.

CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts addressed the media Wednesday about the shooting and protests from Tuesday.

Putney said Scott exited car with a gun.  Then got back in the car. Officers instructed him to drop gun. As he got out again, officers fired shots.  Putney also said officers seized a gun from the scene. Chief says they did not find a book, which family members have referenced.

Officer Vinson was not wearing a body camera, according to Putney. The officers in uniform on scene were wearing body cameras, but it does not give a full picture of what happened.

"I don't know that he (Keith Scott) definitively pointed a weapon at an officer" but he says Scott did have a gun. 

Protesters began to fill the streets over the next several hours. Charlotte’s May Jennifer Roberts appealed for calm to the community. At roughly 3 a.m., all lanes of Interstate 85 Northbound were shut down after protesters started a fire on the road, which reopened at 4 a.m. The Walmart on North Tryon Street was looted around the same time. 

Protesters also damaged police cars. Police used tear gas and flash bangs to disperse the crowd, whom surrounded officers that attempted to leave the scene. 

Officer Vinson has been placed on paid Administrative Leave. He’s been with the police department since July 2014.

On Wednesday at a press conference for the family of Scott,  Activists protested Scott's death and called for an economic boycott of Charlotte.


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