Charlotte police shooting: Protests erupt after officer kills Another black man

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Protests erupted in North Carolina after an officer fatally shot one man while serving a warrant for a different person at an apartment complex in Charlotte.

Crowds gathered near the complex Tuesday night, chanting “no justice, no peace!” and carrying signs that said “Black Lives Matter.”
Some threw water bottles and rocks at officers working to control the protesters.

Highway blocked

The protests continued into early Wednesday as crowds blocked Interstate 85 and started a fire at the center of the highway. Vehicles and tractor-trailers stalled as far as the eye could see as police cars with flashing lights hovered nearby.
Protests broke out in North Carolina after an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott , shown with his wife, Rakeyia Scott, at an apartment complex in Charlotte.

Some protesters removed boxes from the back of semitrailers and set the items on fire. Police in riot gear formed a line and forced crowds away from the highway.
About an hour later, the highway partially opened, but some protesters remained in the vicinity and continued chanting.
At least seven people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries,  WSOC reported.
An image taken By Adam Rhew of Charlotte magazine shows police in riot gear in front of the apartment complex where the protests started.

‘When will our lives truly matter?’

Most of the protesters cited the case of Ahmad Rahami, the suspect in the New York and New Jersey explosions who was arrested alive Monday after a shootout.
“Something has to be done … there was a terrorist in New Jersey, New York. He was taken alive,”protester Nichelle Dunlap told WCCB in Charlotte.
“They said they want to question him. So because you wanted to question him, does his life mean more than our black men across the nation? It doesn’t make any sense.”

Crowds gathered near the complex Tuesday night, chanting “no justice, no peace!” and carrying signs that said “Black Lives Matter.”
Some threw water bottles and rocks at officers working to control the protesters.
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Highway blocked

The protests continued into early Wednesday as crowds blocked Interstate 85 and started a fire at the center of the highway. Vehicles and tractor-trailers stalled as far as the eye could see as police cars with flashing lights hovered nearby.
Protests broke out in North Carolina after an officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott , shown with his wife, Rakeyia Scott, at an apartment complex in Charlotte.

Some protesters removed boxes from the back of semitrailers and set the items on fire. Police in riot gear formed a line and forced crowds away from the highway.
About an hour later, the highway partially opened, but some protesters remained in the vicinity and continued chanting.
At least seven people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, CNN affiliate WSOC reported.
An image taken By Adam Rhew of Charlotte magazine shows police in riot gear in front of the apartment complex where the protests started.

Man shot, officer identified

The man shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said.
Brentley Vinson, the officer involved in the shooting, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the mayor.
Charlotte’s is the latest case involving an officer-involved shooting, and has attracted the attention of Black Lives Matter protesters who are demanding justice and an end to police brutality.
In Oklahoma, protesters gathered for several days following the Friday killing of Terence Crutcher by an officer in Tulsa.
Protesters clashed with police.

‘When will our lives truly matter?’

Most of the protesters cited the case of Ahmad Rahami, the suspect in the New York and New Jersey explosions who was arrested alive Monday after a shootout.
“Something has to be done … there was a terrorist in New Jersey, New York. He was taken alive,”protester Nichelle Dunlap told CNN affiliate WCCB in Charlotte.
“They said they want to question him. So because you wanted to question him, does his life mean more than our black men across the nation? It doesn’t make any sense.”
The mayor called for a full investigation into the shooting, saying she’ll work with authorities on the case.
“The community deserves answers and full investigation will ensue. Will be reaching out to community leaders to work together,” the mayor tweeted.

What happened?

The incident started when Charlotte police looking to serve a warrant Tuesday shot and killed a man in the parking lot of an apartment complex.
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Though the man was armed, he’s not the one police were looking for, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said in a statement.
The Tuesday afternoon shooting set off an angry crowd response that grew as the hours passed.
It’s unclear why authorities were serving the warrant. While they were looking for that individual, officers saw a man get out of a car with a gun, then get back into the vehicle, the statement said.
Officers moved 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,” police said.
Police Chief Kerr Putney said at least one officer shot the man. Two investigative branches of the department were looking into the shooting, he said.
Scott died at Carolinas Medical Center. A gun he was holding was found at the scene, police said.
Family told CNN that Scott was a father of seven and was sitting in the car reading a book when officers arrived on the scene.

Officers injured

 WSOC reported that protesters blocked off a road as a line of police in riot gear stretched across the street.
At least 12 officers suffered injuries during the protests, the police department tweeted. It did not provide details on the nature and severity of the injuries, but said one of its officers was hit in the face with a rock.
The officer involved in the shooting has worked for the department for two years.

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