By Dominick J. Fils-Aimé | September 21, 2016
Police went to the tear gas once more in an effort to disperse protesters who gathered in the University City area of Charlotte, NC on Tuesday night. According to the Charlotte Observer, the protest stemmed from another fatal police shooting, this time involving a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, who shot a man at an apartment complex earlier that afternoon.
Officer faced off against impassioned protesters on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, equipped with full riot gear, and a police chopper serving the territory from above. Tear gas was reportedly fired at the crowd of protesters after they allegedly began throwing water bottles at police.
According to CMPD, the protest turned violent, consequently leading to the injury of at least 12 police officers, some sustaining injuries so severe that they needed to be taken to the hospital.
According to North Carolina police, Keith Lamont Scott, was armed. Officers went to an apartment building around 4pm, to serve an outstanding warrant unrelated to the deceased. They then encountered Scott, inside his car and observed him exit his vehicle with a firearm and subsequently returned to his vehicle.
When, officer then suspiciously approached the allegedly armed 43 year old, he reportedly exited his vehicle again with his gun, prompting the officers to deem Scott as a threat. It should be noted that North Carolina has been a concealed carry state since 1995. According to Scott’s family he was waiting to pick up his child and was only reading a book.
Scott was taken to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The officer who fired the shot was identified as CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, is also African American. As standard procedure, the CMPD will have an investigation conducted by their Internal Affairs Bureau, not an independent party. Vinson has been placed on paid administrative leave, per department protocol.