Protests erupt in US af­ter po­lice of­fi­cer shoots black man

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A US po­lice of­fi­cer has shot a black man at a hous­ing com­plex in Char­lotte, au­thor­i­ties in North Carolina say, prompt­ing street protests late into the night.

The Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice Depart­ment (CMPD) said on Twit­ter on Tues­day that demon­stra­tors were de­stroy­ing marked po­lice ve­hi­cles and that ap­prox­i­mately 12 of­fi­cers had been in­jured.

Wit­nesses con­tra­dicted po­lice re­ports that the man killed was armed, say­ing that he was un­armed and dis­abled, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. The man “has been named as Keith La­mont Scott”, said Al Jazeera’s Alan Fisher, re­port­ing from Greens­boro, North Carolina. He said at least one pro­tester was also in­jured in the protests. The po­lice of­fi­cer was named as Brent­ley Vin­son. As­so­ci­ated Press news agency said Vin­son is black.

Tele­vi­sion cov­er­age showed po­lice fir­ing tear gas to break up the crowd protest­ing against po­lice bru­tal­ity.

“It is tense. There are still peo­ple on the streets,” our cor­re­spon­dent said.

Po­lice killings of black men over the past few months have seen anger swell as many fear civil rights are be­ing eroded.

Ac­cord­ing to a tally be­ing kept by the Guardian news­pa­per, po­lice have killed at least 193 black men so far this year. In all of 2015, po­lice killed at least 306 black men.

The protests came only hours af­ter an­other demon­stra­tion in Tulsa, Ok­la­homa, over the shoot­ing there of an un­armed black man by po­lice.

Char­lotte po­lice went to the com­plex about 4pm look­ing for a sus­pect with an out­stand­ing war­rant when they saw the man — not the sus­pect they were look­ing for — in­side a car, po­lice said.

Of­fi­cers saw the man get out of the car with a gun and then get back in, po­lice said. When of­fi­cers ap­proached, the man ex­ited the car with the gun again.

At that point, of­fi­cers deemed the man a threat and at least one fired a weapon.

Scott, the vic­tim, was taken to Caroli­nas Med­i­cal Cen­ter and pro­nounced dead.

Of­fi­cer Vin­son, who shot Scott, has been placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, which is stan­dard pro­ce­dure in such cases. Vin­son has been with the depart­ment for two years. De­tec­tives re­cov­ered a firearm at the scene and were in­ter­view­ing wit­nesses. Po­lice blocked ac­cess to the area, which is about a mile from the cam­pus of the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Char­lotte, as pro­test­ers gath­ered af­ter the shoot­ing.. — AP

Ro­drigo Duterte

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