Vi­o­lent protests after fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing

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WASH­ING­TON: Twelve of­fi­cers have been in­jured dur­ing con­tin­u­ing protests in a North Carolina city sparked by the fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing of an African-Amer­i­can man, of­fi­cials said yes­ter­day.

Demon­stra­tors gath­ered late on Tues­day near an apart­ment com­plex in the city of Char­lotte where the shoot­ing oc­curred, car­ry­ing signs that read “Black Lives Mat­ter” and chant­ing “No jus­tice, no peace!”, lo­cal tele­vi­sion re­ported.

Me­dia re­ported that sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple gath­ered to protest after the shoot­ing of Keith La­mont Scott, 43, who was re­ported to be African-Amer­i­can as was the of­fi­cer who killed him.

“Ap­prox­i­mately 12 of­fi­cers in­jured. One of­fi­cer hit in face with a rock,” read a tweet posted by the Char­lotte-Meck­len­berg Po­lice Depart­ment.

A sep­a­rate po­lice depart­ment tweet said the of­fi­cers were “in­jured tonight work­ing to pro­tect our com­mu­nity dur­ing de­mon­stra­tion”.

News re­ports said an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of civil­ians have also been in­jured.

WSOC-TV re­ported that po­lice donned riot gear and used tear gas as they tried to sub­due the an­gry crowd, which author­i­ties said at­tacked and dam­aged po­lice cars.

News re­ports said the of­fi­cer in­volved in the shoot­ing, Brent­ley Vin­son, has been put on paid leave.

The tele­vi­sion sta­tion said Vin­son and other of­fi­cers were search­ing for a sus­pect on an out­stand­ing ar­rest war­rant.

Po­lice en­coun­tered Scott – who was not the per­son they were seek­ing – in a car parked at the build­ing. Of­fi­cials said he had a firearm. A con­fronta­tion en­sued and po­lice, who said they felt threat­ened by Scott, opened fire and killed him.

Scott’s rel­a­tives told the me­dia he was not car­ry­ing a gun but in­stead was hold­ing a book when he was shot.

Char­lotte mayor Jen­nifer Roberts ap­pealed for calm and promised “full in­ves­ti­ga­tion will en­sue”. – AFP

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Po­lice of­fi­cers wear­ing riot gear block a road dur­ing protests in Char­lotte on Tues­day.

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