Violent Protests Erupt In Charlotte After Police killed a Black Man
Washington: One protestor was killed and 16 police officials injured in a new protest in Charlotte, North Carolina, after Tuesday’s fatal police shooting that had killed a Black man at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina.
The protest began peacefully, but has turned violent. Police had fired tear gas to disperse the agitators at three different city intersections. At one point, the angry crowd vandalized police cars and roadside businesses.
The Tuesday shooting occurred when police came to the complex to search for a person and ended up killing a different person, 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.
Police and protestors give different accounts of what happened. As per the police involved in the shooting, the person came out of the vehicle with a gun, and the police gave many verbal warnings to the man before he was shot.
The details will soon come out of the investigation, but protestors argue that carrying a gun shouldn’t warrant police to shoot anybody.
The shooting was preceded by many such incidents in the recent past where many Black individuals have lost their lives in police firings. The protests at Ferguson, New York and North Carolina were triggered by the pent-up anger and unrest in the people aftermath of such shootings that killed Blacks. The agitations have also taken lives of many protestors and police officers.
Police are trying to control the present situation in Charlotte, so that the protests don’t spill over to the other parts of the country.