Anger bursts out in Charlotte (North Carolina) following yet another case of an African American citizen killed by the police. The victim is the 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, married, a father of seven. It all happened on Tuesday September 20, at around 4 p.m. The agents were on the Old Concord Road (University area) to execute a warrant concerning another person. But, when they saw an armed man in a car, they immediately opened fire, certain that he represented a real threat.
“The officers saw him coming out of the car with the weapon in his hand, then getting into the car again – told the local police spokesman Keith Trietley. When the police came up to him, the man came out of the car again with the gun in his hand. “At that point, one of the officers opened fire. Lamont Scott was transported immediately to Carolinas Medical Center, but there was nothing to do for him. At least one agent, Brentley Vinson, shot at him. He has been immediately suspended from duty. Black himself, he is a 26-year-old former football player, son of a former private investigator. Vinson has been in the service of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 2014.
Violence in the city
Protests broke out immediately throughout the city, which soon turned into a true revolt. The same scenario we have already seen in Ferguson (Missouri) after the killing of the young Micheal Brown. According to the statement of the Police Department spread via Twitter, protesters destroyed several police cars and 12 officers were injured, one of whom was hit in the face with a stone. The images spread by local television showed security forces trying to disperse the protesters using tear gas.
Like in Tulsa
Then, some individuals (at least ten) have occupied the Interstate 85 area, the thoroughfare in front of a row of deployed agents. There was also a fire. The Charlotte protests follow a few hours the demonstration against the police held in Tulsa, Oklahoma, after another black man, in this case disarmed, had been killed by an agent.