It is getting out of control, again! Protesters are taking to the streets in Charlotte, North Carolina for the second night in a row to speak up after yet another fatal police shooting.
Officers were searching for someone who had an outstanding warrant, and a man exited his vehicle with a firearm (not the one they were looking for) and according to WSOC, officers shot him because they believed him to be an imminent deadly threat.
The suspect, identified as Keith Lamont Scott, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
You can watch a live stream of the protests here, via WCNC:
This is like Third World behavior. One would think they could find a better way to address their concerns.
Of course, the looting and pillaging was horrible last night. Hopefully, tonight will not be as bad.
Charlotte, NC – A dozen officers have been injured during attacks on law enforcement during the first night of Charlotte riots, and the rioters have started looting.
Early Wednesday morning, rioters were throwing objects at police, injuring twelve. At least one police car has been destroyed by the rioters.
Protesters headed to the Walmart on N. Tryon in the University area after shutting down Interstate-85 at WT Harris Blvd. early Wednesday morning following the shooting death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.
Officers in riot gear blocked the entry to Walmart after it was broken into. Employees could be seen sweeping up shattered glass at the front entrance.
One employee told FOX 46 Charlotte some technology was stolen including, a flat screen television and iPads.
All of this started with the controversial police shooting of a black man.
Violent protests erupted overnight in Charlotte, North Carolina, after a police officer fatally shot a black man while trying to serve a warrant for a different man at an apartment complex.
Police said the man killed, Keith Lamont Scott, had a gun. But his family members said he was carrying a book.
Several hundred people gathered outside the complex Tuesday night, chanting “no justice, no peace!” and carrying signs reading “Black Lives Matter.”
The officer who killed Scott, Brentley Vinson, is also black, the mayor’s office said Wednesday.
The Charlotte case is the latest shooting involving an officer, and racial tensions are high nationwide following a spate of others.
Last week’s fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sparked protests after video of the killing appeared Monday. Protesters have been demanding justice and an end to police brutality for months.
Police brutality should be dealt with, but there is no excuse for the looting, the violence, and the chaos.
How did all of this get started?
While looking for an individual with the warrant, officers saw an armed man exit his vehicle and then get back in.
“The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” said police.
The victim later died at Carolinas Medical Center. The gun he had been holding was found at the scene.
Protesters began blocking off a road in northeast Charlotte at about 8 p.m. with cries of “No Justice, No Peace.” According to WTTV, a line of police in riot gear stretched across the street.
As agitators hurled water bottles at the police, at least one city bus had to be used for those who had been detained. The police’s civil emergency unit has been deployed.