Violent protests broke out in Charlotte, N.C. Tuesday night following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, an African American man by a Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson. The Charlotte Observer reported that 16 police officers were injured in protests following the shooting.
Police dispute family version of events
Family members told CNN that Scott was sitting in his car reading a book when officers arrived to serve a warrant. Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney later said that Mr. Scott was armed and that a handgun was found at the scene. Both officer Vinson and Chief Putney are African Americans.
Sixteen police officers were injured Tuesday night in a series of clashes, and there were reports early Wednesday of motorists on Interstate 85 being hurt and their vehicles damaged when protesters threw rocks, bottles and traffic cones off interstate overpasses onto traffic below.
— The Charlotte Observer
Protestors close down I-85
Protesters forced the closure of Interstate 85 and stranded a number of motorists on the freeway. According to The Observer, a Walmart store was looted during the protests as were several tractor trailer trucks that were trapped on the freeway.
Key battleground state
North Carolina is a key battleground state with Donald Trump holding a narrow one-point lead according to the most recent Real Clear Politics poll averages. The state has one of the larger concentrations of African Americans in the country, accounting for about 23% of the population there. Whether yesterday’s shooting and last night’s violence will affect the outcome of the vote remains to be seen. Mrs. Clinton canceled a scheduled appearance in North Carolina on Tuesday, while Mr. Trump gave a speech in High Point, N.C.
Follows fatal police shooting in Tulsa last weekend
The shooting in Charlotte follows a fatal police shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma last weekend that sparked widespread controversy.
The situations in Tulsa and Charlotte are tragic. We must come together to make America safe again.
— Donald Trump
According to CNN, Clinton’s campaign manager Robby Mook said that Hillary Clinton would implement a set of national standards to establish a best practices program to help prevent police-involved shootings if elected.
We have got to tackle systemic racism. This horrible shooting again. How many times do we have to see this in our country? This is just unbearable. And it needs to be intolerable.
— Hillary Clinton