At least 12 police officers have been injured during protests and shooting in North Carolina that broke out after a police officer (Picture below left) fatally shot a black man, Keith Lamont Scott (Right). Brentley Vinson has been identified as the officer who shot Scott. Also black, he has been placed on paid on administrative leave.
Scott, 43, a disabled father-of-seven, was shot by a police officer at The Village at College Downs in Charlotte at about 4pm on Tuesday. Charlotte police had gone to the complex around 4pm looking for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they saw Scott inside a car.
The police department issued a statement saying the officers fired their weapons after considering Scott, who was not the suspect but a threat, claiming that he was holding a gun.
“Officers saw Scott get out of the car with a gun and then get back in. When they approached, Scott exited the car with the gun again. At that point, officers deemed the man a threat and at least one fired a weapon.”
‘He was waiting in the car for his son to get from school. The police came with no uniform to determine he was police or not and he just jumped out and yelled “gun” and shot him. I think he shot him four times, I’m not sure, but he’s dead.’
Scott’s daughter Lyric Scott also live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook. In the video, she said that her father was parked and reading a book in his car while waiting for a school bus to drop off his son. That the officers tasered and then shot him four times. ‘My daddy didn’t do nothing. They just pulled up undercover’ she said.Loading...
Some angry protesters were heard yelling ‘Black lives matter,’ and ‘Hands up, don’t shoot!’ . They held up a sign saying ‘Stop Killing Us’ and ‘it was a book’, making reference to the object. The crowd however reportedly began to disperse after police deployed six to eight cans of tear gas.