For the second straight night, there have been violent protests in Charlotte, North Carolina. The outrage stems from the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot and killed by police.
Violence erupted in Charlotte on Wednesday night where as many as 800 protestors showed up.
Protestors and police dressed in riot gear clashed with rocks being thrown and cops firing rubber bullets and launching tear gas clouds into the crowds.
It was originally reported that a man was shot to death during the protest, but that was later corrected.
There are reports of seven police officers injured during the protest.
Tables, chairs, and garbage cans were thrown.
Businesses were destroyed and looted.
The protest stems from the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. His family contends that he did not have a gun, but was merely reading a book when cops gunned him down.
Police have a different story. Law enforcement says that Scott had a gun. A photo and witnesses also seem to indicate that there was a gun involved.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said his department is trying to be as transparent as possible with the investigation.
“I can tell you a weapon was seized – a handgun. I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made reference to. I can just tell you what I know based on what we’ve gathered and the scientific process of going through the evidence,” Putney said.
Police dashcam video shows Scott getting out of his car with a gun in his hand as he approached officers, sources confirmed to Channel 9.
“This is not who we are,” Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said of tonight’s protests.
More updates as they become available.