After the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott Tuesday afternoon, protests began in the university section of Charlotte, NC. As hundreds of protesters took to the streets with “Black Lives Matter” signs, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Co. Police dressed in riot gear fired tear gas into the crowd.
Around 8 p.m. police tried breaking up the protesting crowd, causing the protesting to get violent around 11p.m., following the release of tear gas. 30 minutes after that, CMPD tweeted that “agitators” were destroying police cars and that one officer was hurt after having a rock thrown in his face. Protests made it difficult for those who lived in North Charlotte and Concord to get home after parts of highway 85 were shut down. By 3:30 a.m., the protesting moved to a Walmart on Tyron.
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These protests come just days after dashcam footage of Terence Crutcher being killed by Tulsa, OK police was released. As far as the officer involved in this Charlotte shooting, the Observer is reporting he is black and has been placed on administrative leave. The shooting comes three years after the police-involved shooting of an unarmed black football player who had been in a car accident was killed after running toward a police officer. The officer was charged with manslaughter, but the trial ended in a mistrial last year.
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Source: Charlotte Observer