Protesters Confront Police After Shooting in Charlotte
Mayor of Charlotte Jennifer Roberts weighs in on the riot in her city after fatal shooting:
I will continue to work with our manager & Chief on officer involved shooting. We are reaching out to community to ask for calm.
— Mayor of Charlotte (@CLTMayor) September 21, 2016
Agitators destroying marked police units. CEU continues to work to restore order and protect our community. pic.twitter.com/ZSYSt374w0
— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 21, 2016
@CMPD That officer is lucky he had a rock in his face instead of a book cause we know damn well he’d be killed for reading while black
— Skin is not a weapon (@BPremadona) September 21, 2016
Updates From the Associated Press:
Television station aerial coverage is showing protesters breaking windows on a police vehicle after an officer shot a man earlier in the day at a Charlotte apartment complex.
On WSOC-TV footage Tuesday night, several of the vehicle’s windows appeared to be broken and the windshield shattered. Demonstrators lingered after the initial damage.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has posted on its Twitter account that demonstrators are destroying marked police vehicles and one officer has sustained injuries that are not life threatening.
Earlier, a tow truck was brought in to take another police cruiser away. Local media outlets reported that car suffered damage to its rear end.
One television news crew has retreated from the scene after demonstrators began rocking their remote van, which was parked near the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.
Overhead, the CMPD helicopter hovered, shining a spotlight on the protest.
Video from WCCB-TV in Charlotte showed police in riot gear confronting protesters at an apartment complex after an officer shot a man there earlier in the day.
The officers were shown backing up as protesters advanced down the street Tuesday night. Initial reports say at least 100 protesters gathered at the scene, with some throwing water bottles at police.
The police officers were in riot gear stretched across a two-lane road. Some of the officers flanked the main line on one side of the road
Some protesters were heard yelling “Black lives matter,” and “Hands up, don’t shoot!” One person held up a sign saying “Stop Killing Us.”