Protesters and police officers were injured during violent protesting in Charlotte after a police shooting.
At least 5 people were arrested amid the protests. The protests erupted after an African-American police officer shot and killed an African-American man in the University City area. At least seven police officers needed to be hospitalized after attempting to calm protesters, including one who was hit in the face with a rock.
Before all the facts were released to the public, protesters stormed the streets after initial reports suggested an African-American man was killed by a police officer while “reading a book”.
It was later revealed the man who was killed, Keith Lamont Scott, exited his vehicle with a firearm, disobeyed orders and police officers believed he posed an imminent deadly threat. But before all the facts surfaced, the protests had turned violent.
Here’s just a few scenes:
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Protesters blocked Interstate 85 traffic and threw rocks, bottles and traffic cones at people stuck in their vehicles. Motorists were reportedly stuck on Interstate 85 for hours at the height of the protests.
The Charlotte Observer reports:
Police have not released details on how many people were arrested, but some media outlets were reporting five people were taken into custody. The neighborhood where the incident occurred was quiet Wednesday, aside from a large media presence.
Protesters damaged at least two CMPD vehicles, one cruiser and one SUV, which were removed from the scene. One officer was hit in the face with a rock, CMPD said. Observer news partner WBTV said three of its reporters were hit during the protest, and at least one went to the hospital after a blow to the head.
Charlotte’s mayor, Jennifer Roberts, tweeted: “The community deserves answers and full investigation will ensue,” and asked for calm as investigators worked the case.
The Charlotte case is the latest shooting involving an officer, and racial tensions are high nationwide following a string of other protests.
(H/T: Charlotte Observer)