Yet another black man has been killed by police, but this is proving to be a complicated story.
On Tuesday, police in Charlotte, N.C. were searching for an individual to serve with a warrant. They then saw Keith Lamont Scott get out of his car with what they said was a gun, and then he went back in. Police were unable to say if Scott ever pointed the gun at them.
Police said they believed Scott, who was a father of seven, posed a threat.
“The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said, according to CNN.
At least one officer shot and killed Scott.
Scott’s family said he was actually sitting in his car reading when the incident began. They said he was holding a book rather than a gun. However, officers did not find a book at the scene.
Scott’s killing prompted major Black Lives Matter protests to break out. Some of the protesters threw bottles and rocks at police officers monitoring the crowds, injuring at least 12 of them. The protest became so big that police deployed tear gas to help break it up.
Those involved in the protest are fed up with the amount of violence against the African-American community. They even compared Scott’s killing to the recent capture of the man behind the New York City and New Jersey bombings, Ahmad Khan Rahami, because he was taken alive.
“Something has to be done. … [T]here was a terrorist in New Jersey, New York. He was taken alive,” one protester Nichelle Dunlap told WCCB-TV.
The investigation into what really happened between Scott and the police officers is still ongoing.