Media calls Charlotte riot a 'protest'
A riot broke out in Charlotte, N.C. late last night after police shot and killed a man who they say was armed with a gun.
But the family of Keith Lamont Scott says he was carrying a book when he emerged from a car at an apartment complex where police were serving a warrant on another man,
The officer who shot Scott is black.
Several hundred people gathered outside the complex Tuesday night, chanting "no justice, no peace!" and carrying signs that said "Black Lives Matter."
While some threw bottles and rocks at officers working to control the protesters, others implored them to stop.
"That's when things really started to pick up. I would say not long before 11 p.m., police deployed tear gas ... as they tried to clear the streets," said Adam Rhew, associate editor for Charlotte magazine.
After a brief lull, the crowds regrouped early Wednesday and blocked Interstate 85. They started a fire at the center of the highway, forcing vehicles and tractor-trailers to stall as far as the eye could see. Police cars with flashing lights hovered nearby.
Some protesters removed boxes from the back of semitrailers and set the items on fire. Police in riot gear formed a line and forced crowds away from the highway.
Shortly after, the highway partially opened, but some protesters remained in the vicinity and continued chanting. Others jumped on top of a police van and stomped on it, breaking the windshield and other windows.
At least seven people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries, CNN affiliate WSOC reported. It said five others have been arrested.
The man shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Tuesday afternoon has been identified as Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said.
Brentley Vinson, the officer involved in the shooting, has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to the mayor. His race is not known.
Racial tensions are high nationwide following other officer-involved shootings. The fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, sparked protests after video of the killing appeared Monday. Charlotte's is the latest case involving an officer-involved shooting, and protesters are demanding justice and an end to police brutality for months.
At the very end of the report, CNN says 12 officers were injured in the riot.
At least 12 officers suffered injuries during the protests, the police department tweeted. It did not provide details on the nature and severity of the injuries, but said one of its officers was hit in the face with a rock.
So, to sum up:
1. Rioters attacked police, injuring at least 12 cops
2. At least one police vehicle was destroyed.
3. Rioters broke into trucks on the highway, setting their contents on fire.
4. At least 7 civilians were injured in the melee.
But the incident was described from coast to coast as a "protest." And the Daily Caller has some additional information that CNN apparently didn't find interesting enough to include:
“We out like the Taliban!” one rioter could be heard crying on a Facebook Live broadcast of the protests, shortly after tear gas canisters were fired into the crowd. After 11 p.m., the situation grew more severe, with several people successfully trashing a police SUV.
We ain’t playin’ no motherf**kin’ games, nigga!” another demonstrator yelled on the Facebook broadcast, trying to fire up other protesters.
“This ain’t no one-day action!” another cried. “This is the first time people standing up!”
I'm sure a thorough investigation will be undertaken. But it hardly matters what they find out about this tragedy. The narrative is set – more "unarmed" blacks being shot down in cold blood. The coming protests, or riots, will all be based on that.