This is getting so out of hand. I feel so bad for these families. I feel this will not change until our superiors in the African American community unite and come together with a plan.
UPDATE: Tuesday, September 20, 10:50 P.M. EST
Officer Brentley Vinson was identified as the cop who fatally shot Scott. According to WCNC, Vinson is Black.
Protesters continue to gather in the area calling for justice. According to the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department, one officer sustained injuries.
According to tweets by Adam Rhew, Charlotte Magazine’s associate editor, police deployed tear gas on protesters gathered near the scene of the crime.
The live stream video posted by the woman who claimed to be the shooting victim’s daughter is no longer available.
This story is developing.
SOURCES: WCNC, Twitter
Police shot and killed a Black man at a Charlotte, North Carolina apartment complex Tuesday during a search for a suspect on an outstanding warrant according to WSOCTV.
According to USA Today, police observed an unidentified man inside of a vehicle. Police say he exited with a firearm and then re-entered the car. Officers say when they approached the vehicle, they considered the man a dangerous threat, fatally shooting him. Authorities rushed the man to Carolinas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
The officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. According to WCNC, police recovered a firearm and are interviewing witnesses who were at the scene.
The man has not been identified, and relatives say he was disabled and unarmed. He was waiting in the car for his son to be dropped off after school. According to a video recorded at the scene by the man’s daughter, he had a book in his hand at the time of the shooting.
The daughter, ripe with anger and grief, live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook after learning her father had been shot. (Editor’s note: The video contains violent and sexually explicit language.)
According to the man’s brother who was interviewed on the scene, the man was shot four times by a plainclothes officer.
“He was waiting on his son to get from school and police came out with no — he didn’t have on no uniform to determine if he was a police or not — he was an undercover and he just jumped out and yelled ‘gun’ and shot at him,” the brother of the man killed told WCNC. “I think they shot him four times, I’m not sure, but he’s dead,” he continued.
Protesters have gathered near the scene, according to reports. (Editor’s note: The video below also contains explicit language.)
The shooting occurred near the third anniversary of Jonathan Ferrell’s shooting death. Ferrell, a 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player was shot and killed by Randall Kerrick, a White Charlotte officer, on September 14, 2013 after he sought help in a car wreck. A jury acquitted Kerrick in an 8-4 decision, failing to find him guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The city paid the Ferrell family $2.25 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit, The Charlotte Observer reports.
This story is developing.
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18 Black Men & Youths Who Were Killed By Police
1. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Instagram 1 of 17
2. Michael Brown Jr, 18Source:Instagram 2 of 17
3. Philando Castile, 32Source:Instagram 3 of 17
4. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Instagram 4 of 17
5. Darrien Hunt, 22Source:Instagram 5 of 17
6. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Instagram 6 of 17
7. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Instagram 7 of 17
8. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty Images 8 of 17
9. Jason Harrison, 39Source:Instagram 9 of 17
10. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images 10 of 17
11. Eric Garner, 43Source:Instagram 11 of 17
12. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Instagram 12 of 17
13. Victor White III, 22Source:Instagram 13 of 17
14. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty Images 14 of 17
15. Jack Jacquez, 2715 of 17
16. Omar Abrego, 3716 of 17
17. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty Images 17 of 17