Several police officers have been injured during violent protests following the fatal shooting of a black man in North Carolina. One of them was hit in the face with a rock, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, which said “about 12 officers” were injured during the violence. Several protesters were also hurt. It came as an angry crowd blocked Interstate 85, where they stole boxes from trucks and started fires before police used flash grenades in an attempt to disperse them. Earlier, officers used tear gas to break up the protesters who were shouting “Black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot!”
The community deserves answers and a full investigation will ensure. I want answers too
Jennifer Roberts, mayor of Charlotte
The protests came after Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by police in Charlotte on Tuesday afternoon. Police claim the 43-year-old was seen getting out of his car after being spotted with a gun. The black officer who shot him, Brentley Vinson, has been placed on administrative leave. However, Mr Scott’s daughter claimed he had been reading a book in his car and waiting for a school bus to drop off his son. She said he was disabled, did not have a gun and was afraid of firearms. Mr Scott’s death follows that of unarmed black man, Terence Crutcher, who was shot by police as he stood with his arms up in Tulsa on Friday.
I get tired of seeing another black person shot every time I turn on the television. But (police are) scared for their own lives. So if they’re scared for their lives, how are they going to protect us?
Mr Scott’s neighbour Shakeala Baker,