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Charlotte officer not charged in Keith Lamont Scott shooting

Charlotte Police Finally Release Footage Of Fatal Keith Scott Shooting Amid Public Pressure (Video) Keith Scott Video

A Charlotte, North Carolina, district attorney’s office declined to bring criminal charges against the officer involved in the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
Citing Scott’s possession of an illegal firearm and marijuana, District Attorney Andrew Murray announced the decision during a press conference Wednesday morning. Scott was fatally shot four times by Officer Brentley Vinson, who is African-American.
“I am entirely convinced the use of deadly force was lawful,” Murray said. “All evidence suggests that he was armed. After repeated commands, Mr. Scott did not obey those commands… stepped out the vehicle with gun in hand. Doesn’t run, doesn’t drop the gun.”
Mr. Scott’s DNA was found on the slide and grip of the gun, Murray said, adding that Scott had obtained the firearm from an illegal seller through Facebook. During the press conference, Murray showed still images from video footage allegedly showing Scott with what he says was a gun holster on his ankle. North Carolina is an open-carry state.
Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, said her husband had just taken his medication for unknown psychiatric disorders shortly before his encounter with police. Murray said that Officer Vinson was not aware of Scott’s mental capacity and characterized him as “aggressive” and exhibiting “behavior abnormalities.” Vinson, he said, was in imminent danger and was justified in discharging his firearm.
With the decision, which will likely be displeasing to members of the community and communities of color at large, Murray urged the public to read the facts of the case and assured them that he was sympathetic to the national issue of police-involved killings and wouldn’t hesitate to prosecute an officer he felt abused their power or broke the law.
“I want everyone in this community to know that we meticulously, thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence in this case [and] made sure it was credible evidence in order to make the decision that we made today,” Murray said.
“We took a lot of painstaking effort to make certain that there was no personal bias in our determination. I’d like to community to take a collective pause. The community should read the report, digest the report.”

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Keith Lamont Scott's Wife Releases Footage Of His Fatal Encounter With Charlotte Police: "He Better Not Be Dead!" (Video)

Charlotte police released dramatic video Saturday that shows officers with guns drawn surrounding a black man with his hands at his side before shots are fired and he buckles and falls. It's unclear if there was anything in the man's hands in the footage, which has done little to assuage his relatives.

The footage of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was released amid days of protests, including an outpouring by hundreds earlier Saturday, which coalesced around demands for the public to see the video. Police said Scott had a gun, though residents have said he was unarmed.

In the dashboard camera video released Saturday night, Scott could be seen slowly backing away from his SUV with his hands down, and it's not apparent if he's holding anything. Four shots are heard, and he falls to the ground.

Police also released photos of a handgun from the scene, saying it was loaded and contained Scott's DNA and fingerprints. They also said Scott had marijuana.

The dashboard camera footage starts with a police car pulling up as two officers point their guns at Scott, who is inside the SUV with the doors closed and windows rolled up. Scott gets out and starts walking backward before shots are fired.

From a different angle, newly released police body camera footage shows an officer approach with his gun drawn and another officer already pointing his gun at Scott. When Scott comes into view, his hands are at his side and he's standing beside his SUV. The body camera footage doesn't show the moment shots are fired, and Scott is next seen on the ground.

An attorney for Scott's family, Justin Bamberg, said the footage leaves questions unanswered more than it provides clarity.

"One of the biggest questions," Bamberg said, "is do those actions, do those precious seconds, justify this shooting?"

Ray Dotch, Scott's brother-in-law, objected to reporters' questions about Scott's background, saying he shouldn't have to "humanize him in order for him to be treated fairly."

"What we know and what you should know about him is that he was an American citizen who deserved better," he added.

Before releasing the footage, Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference that he received assurances from the State Bureau of Investigation that making it public wouldn't impact the state's independent probe of the shooting.

Asked whether he expected the footage to calm protesters, Putney responded: "The footage itself will not create in anyone's mind absolute certainty as to what this case represents and what the outcome should be. The footage only supports all of the other information" such as physical evidence and statements from witnesses and officers.

Putney said that his officers didn't break the law but noted the state investigation continues.

"Officers are absolutely not being charged by me at this point, but again, there's another investigation ongoing," he said.

Putney said that Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun."

A police narrative released along with the video gives the most complete account yet of what brought Scott to police attention.

Two plainclothes officers in an unmarked vehicle were preparing to serve a warrant on someone else when Scott pulled up and parked next to them, according to the document.

The officers saw Scott rolling a marijuana cigar, or blunt, though they didn't consider it a priority at first, it said. But then one of the officers saw him hold up a gun, the document states.

"Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Mr. Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns," the document said.

The narrative says Scott didn't respond to repeated commands to drop his weapon.

Those commands aren't heard in the body camera video, which doesn't have audible sound until after the shooting.

Amid anxiety and unease over the shooting of Scott, demonstrations in Charlotte have gone from violent to peaceful, although demands to see the police video remained a chief concern of protesters.

Before the release of the video, hundreds massed outside at the Charlotte police department building on Saturday afternoon chanting the name "Keith Scott." They also chanted, "No tapes, no peace" and raised signs including one reading "Stop Killing The Black People."

The city has been on edge ever since Scott's shooting death. The demonstrations reached a violent crescendo on Wednesday before the National Guard was called in a day later to maintain order. Forty-four people were arrested after Wednesday's protests, and one protester who was shot died at a hospital Thursday. City officials said police did not shoot 26-year-old Justin Carr, and a suspect was arrested.

The next two nights of protests were free of property damage and violence, with organizers stressing a message of peace at the end of the week.

Charlotte is the latest U.S. city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

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'They hate white people because white people are successful and they're not': Outrage over Congressman Robert Pittenger's comments about Charlotte protesters

Video of a deadly encounter between Charlotte police and a black man shows his wife repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot her husband as they shout at him to drop a gun.

The video, recorded by Keith Lamont Scott's wife and posted Friday by The New York Times, does not show clearly whether Scott had a gun. Police have said he was armed, but witnesses say he held only a book. The 2 ½-minute video does not show the shooting, though gunshots can be heard.

Scott's wife tells officers that he has a traumatic brain injury. At one point, she tells her husband to get out of the car so police don't break the windows. She further tells him, "don't do it," but it's not clear exactly what she means.

As the encounter escalates, she repeatedly tells police, "You better not shoot him."

 

After the gunshots, Scott can be seen lying face-down on the ground while his wife says "he better live." She continues recording and asks if an ambulance has been called. The officers stand over Scott. It is not clear if they are checking him for weapons or attempting to give first aid.

In the footage, Scott's wife states the address and says, "These are the police officers that shot my husband."

Representatives for the police department and the mayor's office did not immediately return emails from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The video emerged after a third night of protests over the shooting gave way to quiet streets as a curfew enacted by the city's mayor ended early Friday.

The largely peaceful Thursday night demonstrations in the city's business district were watched over by rifle-toting members of the National Guard.

Protesters called on police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting earlier this week. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Friday that there is footage from at least one police body camera and one dashboard camera.

The family of Scott, 43, was shown the footage Thursday and demanded that police release it to the public. The video recorded by Scott's wife had not been previously released.

Demonstrators chanted "release the tape" and "we want the tape" Thursday while briefly blocking an intersection near Bank of America headquarters and later climbing the steps to the door of the city government center. Later, several dozen demonstrators walked onto an interstate highway through the city, but they were pushed back by police in riot gear.

Charlotte is the latest U.S. city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Thursday, prosecutors charged a white officer with manslaughter for killing an unarmed black man on a city street last week.

Thursday's protests in Charlotte lacked the violence and property damage of previous nights, and the curfew encouraged a stopping point. Local officers' ranks were augmented by Guard members carrying rifles and guarding office buildings against the threat of property damage.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts signed documents Thursday night to be in effect from midnight until 6 a.m. each day that the state of emergency declared by the governor continues.

After the curfew took effect, police allowed the crowd of demonstrators to thin without forcing them off the street. Police Capt. Mike Campagna told reporters that officers would not seek to arrest curfew violators as long as they were peaceful.

So far, police have resisted releasing the footage of Scott's death. Putney said Friday that releasing it could inflame the situation. He has said previously that the video will be made public when he believes there is a "compelling reason" to do so.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney

"It's a personal struggle, but I have to do what I think is best for my community," Putney said.

During the same news conference, Roberts said she believes the video should be released, but "the question is on the timing."

Earlier in the week, the Charlotte protests turned violent, with demonstrators attacking reporters and others, setting fires and smashing windows of hotels, office buildings and restaurants.

Forty-four people were arrested after Wednesday's protests, and one protester who was shot died at the hospital Thursday. City officials said police did not shoot 26-year-old Justin Carr. A suspect was arrested, but police provided few details.

Police have said Scott was shot to death Tuesday by a black officer after he disregarded repeated warnings to drop his gun. Neighbors have said he was holding only a book. The police chief said a gun was found next to the dead man, and there was no book.

Officer Brentley Vinson (pictured) fatally shot Keith Scott

Putney said he has seen the video and it does not contain "absolute, definitive evidence that would confirm that a person was pointing a gun." But he added: "When taken in the totality of all the other evidence, it supports what we said."

Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott's family, watched the video with the slain man's relatives. He said that in the video, Scott gets out of his vehicle calmly.

"While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time. It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands," Bamberg said in a statement.

Scott was shot as he walked slowly backward with his hands by his side, Bamberg said.

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Keith Scott, right, with his wife and son

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State Of Emergency Declared In Charlotte As Fatal Police Shooting Of Keith Lamont Scott Sparks 2nd Night Of Violent Protests (Video/Pics)A North Carolina congressman said people are protesting in Charlotte because they 'hate white people.' Above, U.S. Rep. Robert Pittenger went on CNN to apologize for the remarks

A United States representative from North Carolina said in a television interview on Thursday that protesters in Charlotte “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not,” and then hours later recanted and apologized.
The representative, Robert Pittenger, a Republican whose district includes parts of Charlotte, was interviewed on a British Broadcasting Corporation show, BBC Newsnight, when he made the comment.

In response to an interviewer’s question about the demonstrators’ grievance, Mr. Pittenger said: “The grievance in their mind is the animus, the anger. They hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not. I mean, yes, it is, it is a welfare state. We have spent trillions of dollars on welfare, and we’ve put people in bondage so they can’t be all that they are capable of being.”
The comment drew criticism on social media.

Grier Martin, a Democrat who is a member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, on Twitter called the comment “one of the most ignorant statements I have ever heard.”

Within hours, Mr. Pittenger, 68, apologized and tried to explain himself in a series of posts on Twitter. He said his “anguish” about what was happening in Charlotte prompted him to respond to a question “in a way that I regret.”
He apologized and said he hoped “we can bring peace and calm to Charlotte.” He added that he was trying to discuss a lack of economic mobility for African-Americans “because of failed policies.”

Mr. Pittenger appeared on CNN on Thursday night to defuse the criticism, but not all were convinced it was effective.

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War zone in Charlotte: White man begs for mercy as he is beaten while a reporter is nearly dragged into a fire by rioters

Streets appeared calm early Thursday in downtown Charlotte after a second night of violent protests over the deadly police shooting of a black man, although at least three major businesses were asking their employees to stay home for the day as the city remained on edge.

Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy all told employees not to venture into North Carolina's largest city after Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night and called in the National Guard after Charlotte's police chief said he needed the help. The North Carolina National Guard arrived at a Charlotte armory early Thursday and Guard vehicles left the armory about 8 a.m.

Federal help also is on the way, with the Justice Department sending to Charlotte a team of trained peacekeepers designed to help resolve community conflict. The department's Community Relations Service has been deployed to other cities roiled by tense flare-ups between police and residents.

Meanwhile, Mayor Jennifer Roberts told ABC's "Good Morning America" on Thursday that city officials are talking about imposing a curfew.

Keith Lamont Scott (left) was fatally shot by officer Brentley Vinson (right)

Anger has continued to build over the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by a black police officer on Tuesday afternoon and the wildly different accounts about what happened from authorities and Scott's family and neighbors.

A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march and then a night of violence after a protester was shot and critically wounded as people charged police in riot gear trying to protect an upscale hotel in Charlotte's typically vibrant downtown. Police did not shoot the man, city officials said.

Video obtained and verified by The Associated Press, which was recorded right after the shooting, shows someone lying in a pool of blood as people scream and a voice yells for someone to call for help. People are then told to back up from the scene.

The unrest took many by surprise in Charlotte, the banking capital of the South with a population of 830,000 people, about 35 percent of them black. The city managed to pull through a racially charged shooting three years ago without the unrest that erupted in recent years in places such as Baltimore, Milwaukee and Ferguson, Missouri.

In 2013, Charlotte police charged one of their own, Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter within days, after the white officer shot an unarmed black man who had been in a wreck and was looking for help. The jury deadlocked and the charge was dropped last summer. The city saw a few protests but no violence.

On Wednesday, hundreds of protesters who were shouting "black lives matter" and "hands up, don't shoot" left after police fired flash grenades and tear gas after the shooting. But several groups of a dozen or more protesters stayed behind, attacking people, including reporters, shattering windows to hotels, office buildings and restaurants and setting small fires. The NASCAR Hall of Fame was among the places damaged.

At one point, television news helicopters showed protesters on the loop highway around downtown, trying to stop cars for several minutes before police arrived.

"My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through," McCrory said on WBTV-TV. He was mayor of Charlotte for 14 years before becoming governor.

Authorities said three people and four police officers were injured. Videos and pictures on Twitter showed reporters and other people being attacked.

The violence happened amid questions about what happened when Scott was shot and killed in the parking lot of his condominium complex. Police did not release dashboard or body camera footage, but said Scott had a gun and refused several orders to drop his weapon. Scott's family and neighbors said he was holding a book.

"He got out of his car, he walked back to comply, and all his compliance did was get him murdered," said Taheshia Williams, whose balcony overlooks the shady parking spot where Scott was Tuesday afternoon. She said he often waited there for his son because a bicycle accident several years ago left him stuttering and susceptible to seizures if he stayed out in the hot sun too long.

Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney was angered by the stories on social media, especially a profanity-laced, hourlong video on Facebook, where a woman identifying herself as Scott's daughter screamed "My daddy is dead!" at officers at the shooting scene and repeating that he was only holding a book.

Putney was adamant that Scott posed a threat, even if he didn't point his weapon at officers, and said a gun was found next to the dead man. "I can tell you we did not find a book," the chief said.

Not long after the Facebook video was posted Tuesday night, the first night of destructive protests began near the shooting scene, about 15 miles northeast of downtown Charlotte. Dozens of demonstrators threw rocks at police and reporters, damaged squad cars, closed part of Interstate 85, and looted a stopped truck and set a fire. Authorities used tear gas to break up the protests.

The distrust of police continued after Wednesday's shooting of the protester. Many demonstrators did not believe city officials' assertion that officers did not shot the protester.

"We protesting. Why the hell would we target each other?" Dino Davis said. "They say it was the tear gas, and it looked like one the tear gas exploded. But I think it was a rubber bullet because some of those rubber bullets can penetrate."

Police said the plainsclothes officer who shot Scott, identified as Brently Vinson, has been placed on leave, standard procedure in such cases. Three uniformed officers at the shooting scene had body cameras; Vinson did not, police said.

Officer Brently Vinson

Calls for police to release the video increased. North Carolina has a law that takes effect Oct. 1 requiring a judge to approve releasing police video, and Putney said he doesn't release video when a criminal investigation is ongoing.

But that video may be the only thing that calms Charlotte, said John Barnett, who runs a civil rights group called True Healing Under God, or THUG.

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Associated Press writers Josh Replogle, Stephanie Siek, Tom Foreman Jr., Jonathan Drew, Martha Waggoner, Steve Reed and Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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Man fatally shot in Charlotte protests over US police shootingA photographer (seen right in the orange shirt) is dragged away from a fire after being knocked unconscious by a group of protesters in the midst of the chaos 

Disturbing videos have emerged of protesters brutally attacking white bystanders in Charlotte as violent demonstrations continued to engulf the city, 48 hours after a black man was shot dead by police.

A man was dragged and beaten by a mob while begging for mercy, an unconscious photographer was almost tossed into a fire, and a CNN correspondent was slammed to the ground in the midst of the chaos.

It was the second night of unrest following the deadly shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, by African-American cop, Brentley Vinson, 26, at an apartment complex on Tuesday afternoon. 

Police said 44 people were arrested for a variety of crimes such as assault, breaking and entering, and failure to disperse. At least 11 people, including two cops, were taken to hospital. 

A white man was dragged and beaten by a mob while begging for mercy in a Charlotte parking garage
He was seen being kicked by demonstrators while lying helpless on the ground
They eventually run away, leaving the man hurt in the middle of the garage

A white man was dragged and beaten by a mob of protesters in a Charlotte parking garage while begging for mercy. It came just hours before a state of emergency was declared in the North Carolina city as a result of the violence 

A photographer (seen right in the orange shirt) is dragged away from a fire after being knocked unconscious by a group of protesters in the midst of the chaos 

A photographer (seen right in the orange shirt) is dragged away from a fire after being knocked unconscious by a group of protesters in the midst of the chaos 

Police officers standing nearby then ran over and protected him from other demonstrators before he was taken to hospital

Police officers standing nearby then ran over and protected him from other demonstrators before he was taken to hospital

Father-of-seven Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was gunned down by a police officer while standing next to his car in Cahrlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday night, prompting violent protests that left 16 officers injured
Officer Brentley Vinson (pictured) was identified as the officer who shot Scott

Keith Lamont Scott (pictured left) was shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Wilson (right) at The Village at College Downs in Cahrlotte at about 4pm on Tuesday. Police insist Scott was armed, but his family have maintained he was only reading a book when he was gunned down

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and has called in the National Guard after clashes on Wednesday night.

Major companies with offices in the downtown area - including Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy - told employees not to come into work on Thursday.

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts had considered putting a curfew in place in a bid to control the disorder, which is set to continue, but police have said they don't think the restrictions are needed. 

Roberts added that Scott's family will be shown the video of the police shooting on Thursday, but it will not be released publicly.

Police Chief Kerr Putney defended not making the footage available, saying it would impact the integrity of the investigation, even though he initially promised transparency during the case.  

During a press conference on Thursday, he said: 'Transparency is in the eye of the beholder,' he said. 'If you think I say we should display a victim's worst day for consumption, that is not the transparency I'm speaking of.'

Putney also slammed the protesters who vandalized parts of the city and warned them they would be brought to justice. 

An official who watched the footage told CNN that Scott made an 'obvious threat' towards officers before he was shot.  Another person claimed Scott also had an ankle holster.

However Putney said the video was not conclusive, and does not definitively show him pointing the gun. He added that his staff are thoroughly investigating all of the footage. 

Scott's family has asked the Mecklenburg County District Attorney and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) to conduct their own investigation into the shooting.

His department was offered extra resources by the state on Wednesday morning, but turned them down as they didn't anticipate the scale of what would unfold last night.

CNN reporter Ed Lavandera was body slammed live on air while reporting from Charlotte during a second night of violence on Wednesday night 
A man in a white shirt and dreadlocks appeared from the left of the camera and ran into the reporter 

CNN reporter Ed Lavandera was body slammed live on air while reporting from Charlotte during the second night of violence

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney (pictured right alongside Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Thursday) defended not making the footage of the deadly shooting available, saying it would impact the integrity of the investigation, even though he promised transparency during the case

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney (pictured right alongside Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Thursday) defended not making the footage of the deadly shooting available, saying it would impact the integrity of the investigation, even though he promised transparency during the case

Mayor Roberts pleaded for peace and calm in Charlotte after the second  night of violence. She urged people the city was still 'open for business' despite the vandalism and disorder 

Mayor Roberts pleaded for peace and calm in Charlotte after the second  night of violence. She urged people the city was still 'open for business' despite the vandalism and disorder 


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Clashes, tear gas, cops injured after 'disabled, unarmed' black man shot dead by Charlotte police {VIDEO} Protests in Charlotte

A man has been shot dead in Charlotte on a second night of violence as protests over the fatal police shooting of a black man spun out of control.

The person who died on Wednesday night was shot in a "civilian on civilian" incident, the city said.

Riot police have lined the streets to face off against hundreds of protesters and tear gas has been fired.

Protesters are angry that a 43-year-old man, Keith Lamont Scott, was killed by police on Tuesday.

Police said Mr Scott had been repeatedly told to drop his handgun before he was shot. 

But his family dispute that narrative and say he was reading a book.

His death sparked violent protests on Tuesday night, leaving 16 officers injured.

Police say Mr Scott first got out of the car with a gun, then got back in when officers directed him to drop his weapon.

As he got out again, they say, officers shot him.

The use of lethal police force against African Americans has been the subject of nationwide protests across the US for two years.

Another African American was killed by police in Tulsa on Friday, and officers said on Sunday he had been unarmed.

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At least 100 protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina clashed with police late Tuesday night following the deadly police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. Tear gas has been deployed and SWAT teams formed after reports of protesters throwing bottles.

Demonstrators began breaking into a nearby Walmart, smashing through several doors. Police later arrived and the protesters began to scatter. Officers are now on guard at the store.

Earlier, protesters blocked Interstate 85 and began looting semi-trucks and starting fires.

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Protesters throw objects at police officers on I-85. Police said 16 of their officers were taken to hospital after the clashes 

Protesters throw objects at police officers on I-85. Police said 16 of their officers were taken to hospital after the clashes 

Some protesters were heard yelling 'Black Lives Matter,' and 'Hands up, don't shoot!' at police officers in riot gear

Some protesters were heard yelling 'Black Lives Matter,' and 'Hands up, don't shoot!' at police officers in riot gear

On Twitter, the CMPD said 16 officers were injured, including one officer who was hit in face with a rock

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Officers have since removed them from the busy highway, allowing traffic to flow once again.

Officers have made multiple arrests.

Live feeds of the protests were shut down after protesters turned their anger towards the media and threw bottles at them. 

Approximately 12 officers have been injured, according to the Charlotte police department. One of them was reportedly hit in the face with a rock. 

Although police claim Scott was armed with a gun, relatives and witnesses are countering the police narrative, denying allegations that Scott was armed. They say all he had was a book.

Peaceful protesters are reportedly urging others to refrain from violent outbursts, what have so far been reported as bottle throwing.

The city's mayor has also asked for calm. 

Scott was killed Tuesday after police noticed him standing in front of an apartment complex they were going to enter to serve a warrant on someone else.

Scott’s brother told reporters that Scott was waiting for his son to get home from school when an officer jumped out of his vehicle without a uniform.

He was an undercover, he just jumped out and yelled ‘gun’ and shot him,” he told WSOC.

A statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department claimed that they were on the scene to arrest a different person when they saw Scott exit his vehicle with a firearm and then get back in. When officers approached, they claim Scott exited the vehicle “armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.

Police say the firearm “the subject was holding at the time of the shooting” has been recovered, WNCN reported.

However, merely carrying a gun is unlikely to have been an offense in the first place given that North Carolina requires no additional permit to openly carry a weapon.

Regardless, Scott’s family disagrees with this narrative and claims that it was not a weapon, but a book. A woman identifying herself as Lyric Scott, his daughter, spent over an hour on Facebook Live recounting eyewitness statements who claim that Scott was shot four times and that he wasn’t breathing when they removed him from the scene. Scott died at the hospital, a fact that Lyric would learn from the news while livestreaming.

The Facebook Live and account of the witness has since been taken down.

Before learning about Scott’s death, the woman bemoans the 20 minutes it took for Scott to receive help.

CMC is right down the street,” she commented, referring to the Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Father-of-seven Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was gunned down by a police officer while standing next to his car in Cahrlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday night, prompting violent protests that left 16 officers injured
Officer Brentley Vinson (pictured) was identified as the officer who shot Scott

Keith Lamont Scott (pictured left) was shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Wilson (right) at The Village at College Downs at about 4pm on Tuesday

His family have insisted he was disabled and was only reading a book when he was killed, but Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney says officers found a weapon in his vehicle. He is pictured center to the left of Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and right of the city's head of Community Relations, Willie Ratchford

His family have insisted he was disabled and was only reading a book when he was killed, but Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney says officers found a weapon in his vehicle. He is pictured center to the left of Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and right of the city's head of Community Relations, Willie Ratchford

Video shows one protester jumping on top of a police car and officers firing tear gas to break up the crowd 

Video shows one protester jumping on top of a police car and officers firing tear gas to break up the crowd 

Another image shows a man dancing on the roof of the marked patrol car, surrounded by a crowd of more protesters 

Another image shows a man dancing on the roof of the marked patrol car, surrounded by a crowd of more protesters 


She also commented that the place where Scott was shot was where he would go read, because he couldn’t do anything else. She also claimed that her father was afraid of the police.

Another man used Facebook Live to talk to an older gentleman who claimed to be a witness, who stated that he saw the book in Scott’s hands. The man also said that Scott was disabled and standing in the same place where he waits for his son every day.

The officer who shot him has been identified as Brentley Vinson, a CMPD metro officer since July 2014, according to WSOC.

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Comment by Cee Gee on September 28, 2016 at 7:16am

For all intent and purpose, that gun could have been planted to justify the shooting.  Once you say he has a gun, they feel them shooting the person justifies it.  Was the gun really his?

Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on September 28, 2016 at 3:44am
Looks like they heartless, and got no kinda good sense.
Comment by Bombahdrop on September 27, 2016 at 4:56pm
Also wtf would you handcuff a dead man even if he was wounded they shouldnt be handcuffed.
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on September 27, 2016 at 2:24am
I think that when it comes to riots, there are outside factors that get involved. People who ain't there to promote the lawful assembly, but instead to cause confusion and mayhem. Possibly off duty cops with their off duty guns show out to make the crowd look unruly, when they themselves are unruly. I think they slip in, do damage and then they get away.
Comment by Mr. Johnson on September 26, 2016 at 2:53pm
The video clearly shows Brother Scott's hands in a downward position. Where was the threatening gesture? Then the beasts shoot 4 times. What about a warning shot? What about a leg shot? 4 shots? Hands down? Come on Crakkka. Really?
Comment by Kyra-Lee Marie Wilson on September 26, 2016 at 2:00pm
F****** Lying Bastards Those Cops Just Shot Him As Soon He Closed The Car Door His Hands Were Down
Besides Him Ok & They Shot Him For No F****** Reason Ok & How Is They Are Saying One Cop Killed Keith
When There Was More Shots Fired See I Told You Didn't I They Planted A Gun On Him Oh Of Course They Say
His DNA Was On The Gun Where Was His Hands Oh Behind His Back They Handcuffed Him So How Do You
They Didn't Put The Gun In Keith Hand While His Hands Were Behind Him This Is So F***** Up Ok This Was A
Set Up Big Time They Also Reckon The Gun Was Loaded Why Would Anyone Put A Loaded Gun In Their Sock
This Is Just F****** P****** Me Off Big Time Those Bastards Get Off & Keith Gets Killed For Nothing I Am Starting To Hate Cops Now All They Do Is Tell Lies & Kill Innocent Black People For No Reason.
Comment by Bombahdrop on September 25, 2016 at 6:15pm
Im glad he pointed out the fact that white people are more privelaged, and superior than races that arent white. All they have is stolen and the system is designed to keep non white people oppressed. I dont agree that its because non whites dont work hard or ate lazy because you find these types in every race working or non working, what about the non whites who are not goven the opportunity to reach thier full potential and live abundantly just like whites. There are people who worked all their live on a poor ass income and still dont have the lifestyle whites have. Somethings wrong and i say its dark forces in high places that keep us poor and whites rich.
Comment by mr1stroke on September 25, 2016 at 3:39am
It's so sad negros are so stupid any one can tell them just about anything now let's walk through it this negro police chief and realize everytime there's a crisis there's always a negro police chief he said police are nit train to kill lol does any one know the rules of police and their target ok on the cell phone video the black object was by the police feed the dash cam shows the object was by the victims feet a black object we can't even see than the police who was by the victim got up and took something from the other cop and went back to the victim now people this I see why every day I wake up and thank my folks for the man that I am today I can do anything I can make the world go around I control everything around me from the wisdom my folks gave me I was told negros will encourage you to failed when they cannot succeed negros would tell you don't leave the community because we love the community well I packed up and leave since I had a taste of success since I left I haven't been involve in nonsense do not hang out with negative influence if someone is not rising up I will not surround my self with you so today black people brought everything that is happening upon their selves and the way it's looking you are one incident away from slavery the way they train their police the quickness to call the National Guard many of you see it as a joke or it cannot happen to you well that wife and her kids didn't think it would happen to her husband nd their dads and the victim never saw it coming whether he had a gun or not and for those dumb niggers who will be quickly repeat after white people blaming the victim if he had a gun guess. What that's not your lame state he has the right to Bare arm that gun would not be illegal I wish negros would educate their selves better about policies and laws I know they hate books but these days you don't have to pick up a book the same way you are playing online game bullshitting chasing hookers and your next baby daddy you can research you negros won't read won't fight I guess the only choice is to make you comfortable on the plantation where massa can take care of you
Comment by Kyra-Lee Marie Wilson on September 25, 2016 at 1:25am
How Is It Ok When You Listen To The Video His Wife Recorded Ok You Can Hear More Then
One Cop Shooting To Me It Say Like There Was More Then One Gun Going Off Ok It Sound Like
More Guns But Only One Black Police Killed Him Go Figure That One Out Plus They Never Listen To
His Wife About His TBI Ok She Said He Has A Book Not A Gun In His Hands Instead They Shoot Him
Instead This Is So F***** Up Ok & Why The F*** Were They Called For In The First Place Who Called Them
It F****** Make Me So God Damn Mad That The Police Can Get Away With Anything Instead Paying The Price
For What They Have Done Wrong I Bet You Any Money They Planted A Gun On Him So It Looks Like He Got A Gun In His Hand & Not A Book F****** Lying Bastards I Hope When Your Time Is Up I Hope You Go To Hell &
Burn For What You Did To Keith & His Family. Please Let Us Pray For Keith & Terrence & For Their Family & Love Ones Pray They Will Get Justice For What Has Been Done To Them. BLACK LIVES MATTER & For Those Cops Who Killed Keith & Terrence I HOPE THEY BURN IN HELL FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. Sorry Everyone For My Swearing Ok It Just Makes Me So Angry For What Has Happen To These Two Innocent Black Men Ok.
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