Chaos has erupted in Charlotte following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer earlier this week. Violent protests have raged on for two days, and now, a state of emergency has been declared in the major North Carolina city.
Protesters are outraged that police have not released footage of Keith Lamont Scott being shot and killed by Officer Brentley Vinson in Charlotte, and its resulted in major violence with the city of Charlotte, North Carolina. Keith’s family insists he was not armed at the time of the shooting, and instead was just reading a book in his car, while Officer Vinson begs to differ. Protesters want proof to support the officer’s claims, and have urged police to release the raw footage — which hasn’t been done.
After Keith’s death, protests broke out throughout the state, and on the second night, Sept. 21, one person was shot by another civilian. The unidentified victim is on life support in critical condition, and at least four police officers were also injured amidst the violent chaos, the city confirms. During the protests, people overturned trash cans, set things on fire, spray painted ‘Black Lives Matter’ throughout the city, broke glasses, smashed car windows and more.
Following the two nights of craziness in Charlotte, the police chief confirmed on Sept. 22 that he would be showing the video to Keith’s family, and added that the video does “not definitively show the man pointing a gun,” according to the Associated Press.
The governor declared a state of emergency in response to the chaos. “We cannot tolerate violence,” Gov. Pat McCrory told CNN. “We cannot tolerate the destruction of property and will not tolerate the attacks against our police officers that is occurring right now.”
HollywoodLifers, are you shocked by what’s going on in Charlotte? Do you think police should release the video?