Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by police in Charlotte on Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2016, because the officer felt his life was in danger.
After Scott’s death, riots broke in the streets of Charlotte. Over the course of two nights, a truck was set on fire by rioters on the freeway, a photographer was nearly burned alive and a protester was shot and killed. Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard to manage the violence.
The riots lasted Tuesday and Wednesday. However, community leaders began to organize marches on Thursday, which made the protests peaceful. I covered the protests on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it was amazing how quickly the tone changed.
After Scott’s death, the police reported that he was armed and would not drop his weapon. Scott’s family and others claim that he was unarmed and carrying a book. Subsequent video footage released by his wife and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department did not conclusively show if Scott was armed.