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Protests in Charlotte After Police Shoot Another Black Man

Demonstrators were met with tear gas and riot police Tuesday night, hours after the fatal shooting.

A police vehicle is damaged after protests broke out Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, following a fatal shooting of a black man by police. (WBTV/AP)

Several hundred protesters gathered outside a Charlotte apartment complex Tuesday night, hours after police shot and killed a man authorities say was armed.

Demonstrators were outraged by the death of Keith Lamont Scott, the 43-year-old black man who was shot. They marched and chanted, “Hands up, don’t shoot,” near the scene of the shooting. Several dozen riot police officers responded to the protests, eventually firing tear gas into the crowd. Police say 12 officers were injured in skirmishes with protesters. A local CBS reporter was at the scene:

At around 4 p.m. Tuesday, police arrived at The Village at College Downs apartment complex, located around a mile away from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus. They were in search of a man who had an outstanding warrant. Then, as The Charlotte Observer explains:

They saw a man with a gun leave a vehicle. Police said they approached the man after he got back into the vehicle. The man got out again armed with a firearm “and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers, who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said in a statement. “The officers immediately requested Medic and began performing CPR.”

Scott was not the person officers were searching for to arrest on the outstanding warrants, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told reporters at the scene.

Scott was brought to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

After the shooting, a woman who claimed to be Scott’s daughter posted a video on Facebook, where she claimed Scott was unarmed when he was shot. She also said Scott is disabled. The video has since been removed from Facebook.

The officer who shot him, Brentley Vinson, is also black. Vinson has been placed on administrative leave, which follows the police department’s protocol.

This comes just a day after Tulsa police released footage of an officer fatally shooting an unarmed black man who had his hands up. Around 200 protesters gathered outside the Tulsa police headquarters Tuesday afternoon demanding that the officer who killed Terence Crutcher be fired.

This story originally appeared on The Atlantic.

About the Author

  • Matt Vasilogambros
    Matt Vasilogambros is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers news.