On Tuesday afternoon, Keith Lamont Scott, a 43 year old black man, was fatally shot by police at an apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carolina, just a day after Tulsa police released video footage of an unarmed black man who was shot by police in Oklahoma.
Protests erupted by community members demanding answers for the death of Lamont, who his family says was disabled. At least 12 officers were reported to have been injured during the protests as hundreds of people gathered near the scene of the shooting. Protesters were met with officers wearing riot gear.
Here are five crucial facts that you need to know regarding Keith Lamont Scott and the tragic event.
1. The shooting occurred in the parking lot of the Village at College Downs apartment complex located in the 9600 block of Old Concord Road just before 4 p.m. according to the police department in a statement they issued
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Officers were on the scene because they were attempting to serve an arrest warrant on another man. Mr. Scott was not the person they were trying to arrest. Police told the Charlotte Observer that Scott was armed and that a gun was recovered at the scene. They also told the paper that police officers believed that their lives were in danger.
A video which was filmed by Scott’s wife has surfaced. It shows all of the events surrounding the event, both before and after the shooting. Warning: The video is graphic.
2. Scott’s family have disputed the account of the officers. They claim that Scott was reading a book in his car while he waited for his son to be dropped off by a school bus when officers arrived at the apartment complex. Scott’s brother claimed that the officer who shot Scott was in plain clothes. Police have not responded one way or the other. Additionally, the family has claimed that Scott was unarmed.
3. According to police, officers at the scene immediately requested medical help and began performing CPR on Scott. He was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Police claimed that:
“Detectives recovered the firearm the subject was holding at the time of the shooting at the scene. Detectives are currently interviewing witnesses who witnessed the accident.”
4. The officer who shot Scott has been identified. His name is Brentley Vinson. He has been placed on paid administrative leave — the same as Betty Shelby, the officer who shot Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma. Vinson is African American and has been with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department since 2014.
5. The shooting is being investigated by the police department’s homicide unit. Police said “As is standard procedure with any officer involved shooting, the Internal Affairs Bureau will conduct a separate, but parallel, investigation to determine whether CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident. There is no indication whether there is any police footage of the shooting. Governor Pat McCrory recently signed a bill into law that severely restricts public access to police videos.