Black Officer Shoots Black Man Reportedly With Gun, Charlotte Erupts

Here in Raleigh, we’ve had at least two officer involved shootings which led to the death of the suspect. Neither has turned into anything, beyond a tiny and utterly peaceful protest. In Charlotte, they dealt with riots. What’s the difference?

(Charlotte Observer) All lanes of Interstate 85 were reopened early Wednesday but still littered with some rocks and glass after a night of protests over an officer-involved shooting of an African-American man in the University City area. The officer was also African-American.

Twelve police officers were injured Tuesday night in a series of clashes, and reports were coming in early Wednesday of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged when protestors threw rocks, bottles and traffic cones off interstate overpasses onto traffic below.

At least seven of the police officers needed to be hospitalized after the clashes, including one who was hit in the face with a rock.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts sent out a message on Twitter early Wednesday, noting: “I will continue to work with our manager and (police) chief…We are reaching out to community to ask for calm.”

Well, it’s those kinds of mealy mouthed responses that give people more license to continue to riot and loot.

In addition to Interstate 85, protestors attacked and looted the Walmart on North Tryon Street at about 3:30 a.m. The store was closed early Wednesday, with wooden pallets piled in front of the doors and shopping carts blocking the driveway into the lot.

Three or more tractor trailer trucks were stopped and looted on Interstate 85, and at least two fires were started on the interstate, as the protestors burned items taken from the trucks.

Nothing says “don’t shoot us, we aren’t breaking the law” like looting and arson, along with the throwing bottles and rocks things.

What led to all this?

The man who died was identified late Tuesday as Keith Lamont Scott, 43, and the officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, a police statement said.

Police said they had been searching for someone who had an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road when they saw Scott leave his car holding a gun.

Officers approached Scott after he got back into the car. He emerged from the car 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.”

Medic took Scott to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Officers state they have recovered a firearm from the scene. He was reportedly tazed 4 times before being shot with a bullet, so, it’s not like they just fired a gun at him immediately. And that’s where it all breaks down. Scott’s daughter, who goes by the name Lyric YourAdorable on, started taking video claiming that he was just sitting in a car reading a book, made a quick video of the scene, and streamed it to Facebook, causing it to go viral.

One problem that no one has seemed to notice: she didn’t witness the shooting

How would she know he was sitting in the car reading a book when she was sleeping?

Scott’s sister says he didn’t have a gun. Who is lying? Her or the police?

During the riots, people did the standard, yammering about Hands Up, Don’t Shoot, Black Lives Matter, and It’s A Books. They also had signs of the same. Then they looted trucks and a WalMart, and set stuff on fire.

What really happened? Time will tell. All the stories seem to reference the recent Tulsa shooting, which, IMO, looks like utterly bad and wrong action by the officer. It looks like murder. In the Charlotte case? Time will tell. We’ll have to see if there is any video of the incident.

Watch closely at the end where the rioter gets nailed with a flashbang.

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