Two months after intense protests fueled over the death of Keith Lamont Scott, the Charlotte police officer who fatally shot him will not be charged.
The prosecutors said, the officer “acted lawfully” during the encounter because the man was armed, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.
In September, what started out as a vigil to remember Keith Lamont Scott, a man killed by a police officer, ended in wild protests that saw 16 officers injured, debris thrown into highway traffic, outbursts of indiscriminate violence, local stores damaged and fires.
The New York Times published a picture of a wounded protester who was apparently shot in an altercation with another protester. Police responded to the violence, during which even a CNN reporter was attacked, with tear gas and other counter-riot methods.
The bigger story brewing is the battle over the facts. Police have claimed they found a gun at the scene, and that Keith Lamont Scott was holding it and thus presented a serious threat.
— City of Charlotte (@CLTgov) September 22, 2016
Others are disputing that claim, including one witness interviewed by local media who said she saw the shooting and that Scott was holding a book, not a gun.
She also claimed that the officer in question was white, while the black officer didn’t show up until after the shooting happened.
At the moment, the civilian hurt in last night’s protest is in critical condition.
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