Police claim that Keith Lamont Scott was armed when he got out of his vehicle before being shot by police. His family claims he was waiting for his son at a bus stop with a book and wasn’t armed. Now, he is the 193rd black man killed by police this year, according to Al Jazeera.
Scott was pronounced dead at a local hospital after being shot four times by Officer Brentley Vinson. Police were actually in the area looking for a completely different suspect when they claim they saw the 43-year-old father of seven children get out of his vehicle with a firearm.
Later that day, tensions rose in Charlotte, North Carolina as protestors came face-to-face with local police, resulting in around 12 officers being injured, as well as one protestor. Dozens of people reportedly filled the streets before encountering a police line while changing “Black Lives Matter,” “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “Stop killing us!”
Officers have said that there was no book present on the scene but that there was a weapon present, according to Charlotte Observer.
Scott’s death comes just days after Terence Crutcher was shot on a roadway by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma after putting his hands up. The frequency of the shootings isn’t lost on anyone who’s been keeping track of police shootings and the Black Lives Matter movement.
A GoFundMe page has been erected in Scott’s name.
Photo Credit: Scott Family GoFundMe