Conflicting Reports on Shooting Incident in Charlotte

Time: 11:48 p.m. CEST

Authorities had to use tear gas to disperse the protests in North Carolina’s largest city, Charlotte in latest tensions after police officer shot an African-American. 

Charlotte is the latest city where the tensions between the police and black communities escalate again after an officer killed an African-American, while looking for other suspect. After the violent protests during the night that erupted among the community and supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement, the police chief in Charlotte explained what according to them happened to Keith Lamont Scott, 43.

But, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Scott exited his car with a gun, not a book. He said officers couldn’t find a book at the scene, CNN reports. “It’s time to change the narrative because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media.”

Putney said evidence and witnesses support the officers’ claim that Scott was armed, CNN says. Police said the officers warned a black man multiple times to drop a handgun before an officer Brentley Vinson, who is also an African-American, shot him. Despite those claims, Scott’s family said “he was carrying a book, not a gun.” A woman who said she was Scott’s daughter posted a video on Facebook after the shooting, explaining her father, was holding a book, not a gun.

The latest incident happens less than a week after a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma gunned down an unarmed African-American, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher after his car stopped in the middle of a road.

[NBC News publishes disturbing helicopter footage of Tulsa police incident with death of unarmed man

A camera from the police helicopter captured the incident on September 16, in which white police officer Betty Shelby, 42 and other cops were called to respond to the call about stopped SUV in the middle of a road. Shelby is under federal investigation.

The United States Attorney General, Loretta Lynch acknowledged the country’s racial tensions after the incidents.


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