12 cops hurt after another fatal shooting
TWELVE officers were injured during violent protests in a North Carolina city sparked by the fatal police shooting of an African-American.
Demonstrators gathered late September 20 near an apartment complex in Charlotte where the shooting occurred, carrying signs that read “Black Lives Matter” and chanting “No justice, no peace!”
News reports said the man shot by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was African-American, as was the officer who killed him.
A tweet posted by the Charlotte-Mecklenberg police department said 12 officers were injured. News reports said an unspecified number of civilians were also hurt.
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 several police cars.
News reports said the officer involved in the shooting, Brentley Vinson, has been put on paid leave.
The television station reported that Ms Vinson was among the officers searching for a suspect on an outstanding arrest warrant.
Police encountered Mr Scott – who was not the person they were seeking – in a car parked at the building.
Officials said he had a firearm, which is not illegal under local law. A confrontation ensued and police, who said felt threatened by Mr Scott, opened fire and killed him.
The dead man’s relatives said he was not carrying a gun but instead was holding a book in his hands at the time he was gunned down.