The fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott – said to be unarmed and disabled – has sparked chaos in Charlotte, Tulsa
Less than a day after video emerged of police shooting Terence Crutcher – an unarmed black man – dead on an Oklahoma highway, a US police officer has killed a black man called Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, sparking street protests reminscent of the demonstrations that besieged Ferguson just over two years ago. According to reports, Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was said to be disabled and unarmed, while the police officer involved has been named as Brentley Vinson. Vinson is also black.
Officers say they recovered a weapon from the scene, but according to a GoFundMe page set up by Scott’s family, he was shot “four times while reading a book and waiting for his son to get off the bus”. As news of his death spread, so too did the protests, with trucks set on fire on highways, protestors tear gassed by riot police and citizens marching long into the night, reportedly blocking off roads and chanting “hands up, don’t shoot!”
Twelve police officers have reportedly been injured during clashes with protestors, while the officer who shot Scott has been placed on paid leave.