Charlotte Shooting Video: Footage Shows Fatal Encounter Between Police, Keith Lamont Scott
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Person Killed in Charlotte Protests After Fatal Police Shooting of Keith Scott
Police muster on second night of protest 2:28
The family of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, who was shot and killed Tuesday near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, urged protesters to demonstrate peacefully. But demonstrators and cops faced off again, this time outside the Omni Hotel downtown.
Demonstrators had begun dispersing after a planned protest at Charlotte's Marshall Park when some of them tried to enter the Omni and other hotels nearby, police told NBC News.
NBC station WCNC broadcast video of police taking at least two people into custody. A CNN reporter was knocked to the ground as he was reporting live on the air.
Concussion grenade blasts could be heard as news reporters urged their colleagues on live TV to flee the area.
Scott's family initially told local news outlets Tuesday that he was disabled and unarmed. They claimed on social media that he had been reading a book.
But Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference Wednesday not only that was Scott armed but also that he ignored multiple warnings to drop his weapon before Officer Brentley Vinson fatally shot him.
Like Scott, Vinson is African-American. In line with department policy, Vinson, a two-year veteran of the force, was placed on paid administrative leave, Putney said.
In a statement released after Putney's remarks Wednesday, Scott's widow, Rakeyia Scott, did not repeat family members' claims that Keith Scott was unarmed.
While she said the family still had "more questions than answers about Keith's death," she said they urged that "people protest peacefully."
Police: Keith Lamont Scott Refused to Drop Gun Before Fatal Shooting 2:37
"Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting," Rakeyia Scott said.
Scott had been sitting in his car at The Village at College Downs complex near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte when officers searching for someone else with an outstanding warrant arrived before 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, Putney said.
Police said in a statement that officers saw Scott holding a handgun as he exited his car and returned to his vehicle. He then exited again as officers approached him and posed an "imminent deadly threat," according to the statement.
Putney said officers instructed Scott to "drop the weapon" after he got out of his car, but he failed to comply. He was given aid and taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Putney said that Vinson was in plainclothes with a police vest and was not wearing a body camera but that three other officers on the scene did have them. The video was being reviewed along with cruiser dashcam video, and there were no immediate plans to make the videos public, he added.
U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday that the Justice Department is "assessing the incident." Federal authorities this week opened a separate investigation into the shooting of an unarmed black man by police in Tulsa, Okla.
DISGRACEFUL: Protesters clash with police after Charlotte cops kill disabled black man holding a book
Reuters 21 Sep 2016 at 06:19 ET
Protesters blocked a highway and clashed with police in Charlotte, North Carolina, early on Wednesday morning after officers fatally shot a black man they said had a gun when they approached him in a parking lot.
About a dozen officers and several protesters suffered non-life threatening injuries during an hours-long demonstration near where Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by a policeman on Tuesday afternoon, police and local media said on social media.
Early Wednesday morning, protesters blocked Interstate 85, where they stole boxes from trucks and started fires before police used flash grenades in an attempt to disperse the angry crowd, an ABC affiliate in Charlotte reported.
A group of protesters then tried to break into a Walmart store before police arrived and began guarding its front entryway, video footage by local media showed.
Earlier in the evening, police in riot gear reportedly used tear gas on protesters who threw rocks and water bottles at them as they wielded large sticks and blocked traffic. One officer was sent to the hospital after being struck in the head by a rock, police said.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts urged for calm.
“The community deserves answers and (a) full investigation will ensue,” she said on Twitter, adding in a subsequent post, “I want answers too.”
Scott was shot by officer Brentley Vinson earlier in the day, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The shooting occurred when officers were at an apartment complex searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant and they saw Scott get out of his vehicle with a firearm, the department said.
Vinson fired his weapon and struck Scott, who “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers,” the department said in a statement.
Vinson, who joined the Charlotte police force in July 2014, is black, according to the department. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The fatal shooting came amid an intense national debate over the use of deadly force by police, particularly against black men.
Police did not immediately say if Scott was the suspect they had originally sought at the apartment complex. WSOC-TV, a local television station, reported that he was not.
Detectives recovered the gun Scott was holding at the time of the shooting and were interviewing witnesses, police said.
Protesters and Scott’s family disputed that the dead man was armed. Some family members told reporters that Scott had been holding a book and was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school.
Shakeala Baker, who lives in a neighboring apartment complex, said she had seen Scott in the parking lot on previous afternoons waiting for his child. But on Tuesday, she watched as medics tended to Scott after he was shot, she said.
“This is just sad,” said Baker, 31. “I get tired of seeing another black person shot every time I turn on the television. But (police are) scared for their own lives. So if they’re scared for their lives, how are they going to protect us?”
About 200 people gathered earlier Tuesday night for a peaceful protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where a white officer killed an unarmed black man last week in an incident captured on police videos.
Lawyers for the family of Terence Crutcher, 40, disputed that he posed any threat before he was shot by Tulsa Officer Betty Shelby after his sport utility vehicle broke down on Friday.
(Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Tom Heneghan)