Tuesday was a very bad day for the family of Keith Lamont-Scott in Charlotte, NC. He was approached by police officers who were looking for a man with an outstanding warrant. The only problem is that according to police, Scott got out of the car with a firearm, then got back in the vehicle, then got back out of the vehicle “armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.”
Because he was armed and not following instructions he was shot 4 times in the chest. Later CMPD Chief Kerr Putney confirmed that, “I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun. I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made referenced to.”
Reports say that officers began performing CPR immediately and sent him by ambulance to Carolinas Medical Center. One Black Lives Matter activist later asked, “Why you can’t shoot him in the leg, why four times in the chest?”
The other story being told by Scott’s daughter is that her Father was sitting in his car waiting to pick up his son from the bus stop, reading a book. She began to Livestream everything that happened after Scott was shot. That is when she began to relate the story from her point of view which is that the police came up to Scott, yelled at him to get his hands up, broke the car window. She mentions that her dad was scared an unable to do anything. She said in the video that it was then that the police shot and tasered her Father. Scott’s sister was also at the scene saying that her brother did not have a gun.
Whose story is the most truthful? We don’t know yet but the Police Chief said that they never found a ‘book’ but did find a gun. He also said, “I don’t believe [the man shot] was the one with the warrants, but we don’t know if there was a connection. At this point all we know they’re in the apartment complex parking lot and this subject gets out with a weapon, they engage him and one of the officers felt a lethal threat and fired his weapon because of that.”
No matter WHAT the truth is, last night this incident turned into protests which in turn turned into rioting in Charlotte. A large crowd gathered near the scene in protest, sparking clashes with police and tear gas being deployed. Protesters also attempted to shut down the Interstate 85 near Harris Boulevard and lanes reopened Wednesday morning, with remnants of scattered debris remaining. Vandalism, fires and looting ensued with Police vehicles were damaged, rocks thrown at officers injuring a reporter and a Walmart’s windows being smashed. Finally gas was deployed to disperse the crowd.
Putney says the protesters broke into the back of a tractor-trailer and started setting items on fire. Protesters also visited a Walmart on N. Tryon Street, breaking glass doors at the entrance.
Interesting thing is that the local news reports say that the protests were peaceful. Check out these videos below and tell me if you think these were peaceful protests or tense riots:
WBTV News video of the protests and initially they reported them to be peaceful but as you see here people are starting to throw things.
— Sarah-Blake Morgan (@SarahBlakeWBTV) September 21, 2016
Black Lives Matter leaders have said that “looting is an acceptable form of protest” so it’s basically a rite according the BLM but to me it’s disgusting.
— Joel Franco (@OfficialJoelF) September 21, 2016
Finally police decide to use teargas, but if you ask me they should have used the teargas a long time ago when they started crushing cars, injuring people with rocks, burning stuff and breaking windows to steal stuff that wasn’t theirs. I’m disturbed by the BLM movement because they become so dangerous that they are being allowed to do criminal acts without any punishment because there are too many to punish.
— Tennessee GOP (@TEN_GOP) September 21, 2016
By the end of the night only 5 arrests were made but many more officers were injured while trying to do their job and protect those trying to attack them. Here is some video of an officer getting attacked by protesters… and these animals think it’s their right to do so?
— The Current Year (@TheeCurrentYear) September 21, 2016