Clashes erupt in Charlotte, North Carolina, after police fatally shot a 43-year-old black man they said had a gun when officers approached him. Paul Chapman reports.
Clashes over North Carolina shooting
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Several hundred people took to the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina after the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police.
Some hurled water bottles and rocks.
Officers in riot gear fired tear gas.
Scott’s the latest black man killed in a police shooting.
Police say Scott was armed.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) POLICE CHIEF KERR PUTNEY, CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT, SAYING:
“As they engage him he is armed with a handgun that we found on the scene as well, made some imminent threat to them, and because of that at least one of our officers fired.”
The protesters and a woman who said she was Scott’s sister but didn’t want to give her name say he had no weapon.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN WHO SAYS SHE IS KEITH LAMONT SCOTT’S SISTER SAYING:
“They jumped out of their truck, they said ‘hands up, he got a gun, he got a gun’…pow pow pow pow.”
About a dozen officers and several protesters were hurt in the clashes near the scene where Scott was shot.
Police came across Scott when they were called to a housing complex in search of a suspect with an outstanding warrant.
Some media reports say Scott was not that suspect.
Scott’s death comes at a time of intense national debate over the use of deadly force by police, particularly against black men.