North Carolina: 12 police officers injured after protest erupts

Yesterday, a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a 43-year-old African-American man. According to the police department, the man was armed with a gun. However, the man’s family claims that he was unarmed and reading a book. 12 police officers were injured in the riots that broke out following the incident.
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12 police officers were injured in riots that erupted in North Carolina after an African-American man was shot dead by a police officer yesterday (Tuesday). Hundreds of protesters flooded the streets of Charlotte and blocked roads until the middle of the night despite the police forces’ use of tear gas and other anti-riot control measures.

The protest began on the street where the African-American man was shot and killed. According to local reports, police officer Brentley Vinson shot 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott after officers saw that he exited his car with a gun. The police officers approached Scott who had already returned to his car and asked him to exit the vehicle. According to the local police department, Scott exited the vehicle armed and was “an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.” The local police department also mentioned that the officers were quick to call for medical assistance and performed CPR on Scott themselves. In addition, the department stressed that Vinson and Scott are both African-American.

However, Scott’s daughter claimed in a live Facebook post that contrary to the police department’s statement, her father was not armed. So far, more than half a million people have watched her video post. According to the daughter, her father was sitting in his car reading a book and waiting for his son to return from school. She also added that her father was Tasered four times before he was fatally wounded. The local police department refused to comment on the daughter’s claims.

The protest began yesterday evening after the video post went viral. The protesters held signs that read: “It was a book,” “Stop killing us” and “Black Lives Matter.”

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