CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – Police used tear gas to defuse rowdy protesters. Cops were injured. Traffic on a major highway came to a complete stop. Fires lit in the street, looting, property destroyed. All of it the results of protests that erupted after a fatal shooting of a black man by police who said he was armed and dangerous.
It all happened Tuesday evening after a 43-year-old black man, Keith Lamont Scott, was fatally shot by a black police officer at an apartment complex. The protests went on throughout the night and into early Wednesday morning.
As seen in the video clips below, protesters were setting fire to whatever they could get their hands on. Protesters went on to Interstate 85 to loot 18-wheelers. Protesters ended up setting the cargo being carried by the trucks on fire on the highway.
According to Fox News, a larger group of demonstrators gathered near the scene of the shooting. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. Photos and TV video showed police firing tear gas to break up the crowd. Some officers were in riot gear.
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