MORE PROTESTS: Yesterday protesters surrounded and tried to destroy police cars and officers and injure police in Charlotte, after a cop shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. Looting broke out on a nearby highway and officers in riot gear shot tear gas into the crowds. Authorities reported that 12 officers were injured. (Jenny Starrs, Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post) PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
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The morning after violent protests continued and more erupted over the fatal police shooting of a black man, officials here called for peace while stressing that the man was armed and posing an “imminent deadly threat” when officers shot and killed him Tuesday near the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus.
Sixteen police officers and numerous protesters were injured as the two sides clashed overnight, hours after Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by an officer from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
Scott’s family insisted he was not armed when he was killed outside an apartment complex, instead saying he was reading a book in his car at the time of the fatal encounter — a detail seized by protesters in Charlotte and on social media.
On Wednesday, at a midmorning news conference, Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the officers were searching the previous afternoon for a suspect who had outstanding warrants when they spotted Scott — who was not the suspect they were seeking — emerge from a vehicle armed with a handgun.
“The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands,” instructing Scott to drop the weapon, the chief said. “In spite of verbal commands, Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it. He stepped out, posing a threat to the officers” — at which point, Putney said, an officer fired his service weapon, striking 43-year-old Scott, who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
“It’s time to change the narrative, because I can tell you from the facts that the story is a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media,” Putney said. “So Charlotte, the challenge is ours.”
Following the shooting, a large crowd of protesters gathered near the university campus. The demonstrations began peacefully, with some people chanting “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot.” News reports and posts on social media later showed police in riot gear firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the protesters and some people smashing out the windows of police cars.