US police killing sparks fresh protest
Written by Morenike Adebayo on September 23, 2016
A third night of protests has rocked the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, in the United States, after a black man was shot dead by a black police officer on Tuesday. Thursday’s protest was largely peaceful after violence a day earlier during which one person was fatally shot and later died.
Keith Lamont Scott’s family dispute police allegations that he was armed and want video recording to be released. Mr Scott was killed in Charlotte after police say he refused to drop a gun he was carrying. His family say he was unarmed and holding a book.
Police have released a video of the shooting to the family, but have refused to make it public. The family’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, said no gun was visible in the video and Scott appeared to be “acting calm”.
Charlotte is the latest US city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.