12 cops hurt af­ter an­other fa­tal shoot­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

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.

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