Riots, looting, and outright anarchy occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday evening over the recent police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, by a black police officer, Brentley Vinson, as rioters somehow believed that the incident was based on some sort of perceived racial bias.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, who also happens to be black, announced during a press conference on Wednesday morning that Keith Lamont Scott, who was armed with a firearm, refused to surrender the weapon even after several “clear, loud” verbal requests to Scott by officers to drop his weapon.
“We had officers…searching for a suspect who was wanted for outstanding warrants. Our officers observed a subject, Mr. Keith Lamont Scott, inside a vehicle at the apartment complex. He exited the vehicle armed with a handgun. The officers observed him get back into that vehicle at which time they approached the vehicle to engage this subject.
The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon. In spite of the 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 officers and Officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon striking the subject.”
Watch more below, via FOX News:
Charlotte police chief says 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott got out of the car with a handgun before he was fatally shot by a black officer. pic.twitter.com/rOpiH2hbsH
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