CRIME AND CRIMINALS: MURDER HOMICIDE : POLICE BRUTALITY : UNITED STATES: CITIES: CHARLOTTE: NORTH CAROLINA: Protesters in Police Shooting Injure Officers, Shut Highway

 

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Protesters in Police Shooting Injure Officers, Shut Highway

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Protesters in Police Shooting Injure Officers, Shut Highway

Wednesday, September 21st 2016, 7:34 am EDT

By TOM FOREMAN Jr.

Associated Press (AP)

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http://www.wbtv.com/story/33144695/ protests-over-charlotte-police-shooting-move-to-highway

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters in an overnight demonstration that left about a dozen officers injured in North Carolina’s largest city and shut down a highway after the fatal shooting of a black man by Charlotte police who said he was armed and posed a threat.

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The protests broke out Tuesday after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by a black officer at an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side. They continued into early Wednesday morning, when TV footage showed dozens of protesters on Interstate 85 apparently looting semi-trucks and setting their contents on fire on the highway.

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Neither the North Carolina Highway Patrol nor Charlotte police could immediately be reached for comment about the Wednesday morning protests. The North Carolina Department of Transportation website showed a portion of I-85 near the University of North Carolina Charlotte campus was closed in both directions early Wednesday. The website said the closure was due to police activity.

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Tuesday night, a larger group of demonstrators gathered near the scene of the shooting. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. Photos and TV video showed police firing tear gas to break up the crowd. Some officers were in riot gear.

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Charlotte police officers went to the complex about 4 p.m. looking for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they saw Scott – who was not the suspect they were looking for – inside a car, department spokesman Keith Trietley said in a statement.

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Officers say they saw Scott get out of the car with a gun and then get back in, Trietley said. When officers approached, the man exited the car with the gun again. At that point, officers deemed the man a threat and at least one fired a weapon, he said.

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Scott was taken to Carolinas Medical Center and pronounced dead.

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Officer Brentley Vinson, who shot Scott, has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such cases. Vinson has been with the department for two years.

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