Hundreds of people have descended upon Charlotte, North Carolina, in protest of Keith Lamont Scott's death. The 43-year-old black man who witnesses claim was disabled, was shot and killed by police officers on the afternoon of Sept. 20 and tensions among locals are understandably high. In fact, his tragic death marks the sixth time a Charlotte-Mecklenburg officer has fatally shot a civilian in the past year. Adding to the tension is the claim from family members and witnesses to the incident that Scott was allegedly unarmed during the time of the shooting. However, the police report says Scott was "armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject." Emerging photos and video from the Scott protest shows locals calling for justice for Scott.
The shooting occurred just before 4 p.m. ET at a Charlotte apartment complex parking lot, as officers were allegedly searching for someone in the complex with an outstanding warrant for their arrest (that person was not Scott). According to the officers' statement, police say they saw Scott exit his car with a gun, then return to it. As officers approached him, they say he came out of his vehicle a second time and posed "an imminent deadly threat" to the police. Scott's daughter says they shot him four times.
The police report and the story from some protesters are conflicting and Bustle has reached out to the City of Charlotte for comment. Those on the ground, as well as immediate family members and witnesses to the scene, allege that Scott did not have a weapon and was merely reading a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off by a school bus. Protesters can be seen holding signs that read "it was a book":
Scott's death will be investigated, but for now, these photos and videos of the protest show how powerfully the shooting has affected the community and will continue to inspire change.