Protestors filled the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina last week following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer on Tuesday.
Local police were looking for a suspect in University City when they spotted Scott, a 43-year-old black man, sitting in his car. Scott was not the suspect police were searching for, but they rightly assumed he was a threat when he refused to lower his weapon. Scott was shot and killed by black police officer Brently Vinson.
Unverified reports insist Scott was holding a book, not a gun, but Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney states that “a weapon was seized; a handgun. I can also tell you we did not find a book.”
Charlotte erupted into protest shortly thereafter, and it wasn’t long before the “peaceful march” turned into a violent riot. Officers were forced to use tear gas when the crowds refused to disperse, and bystander 24-year-old Justin Carr was shot to death.
A spokesman for the area’s Fraternal Order of Police told CNN that most of the “instigators” were from out of state. “If you go back and look at some of the arrests that were made last night, I can about say probably 70% of those had out-of-state IDs,” said Todd Walther during an interview with CNN. The Charlotte Observer later confirmed that this was not quite true, however many out-of-state individuals were indeed arrested.
Author’s Note: It seems to us if a black person is shot by a police officer (even a black police officer) in your neighborhood, you can expect Black Lives Matter to send in thugs to help destroy your neighborhood. I’m wondering how many of the riots around this country have been created from nothing by Black Lives Matter, to the chagrine of the local community.