North Carolina Police Shoot Keith Lamont Scott. What We Know...
Expect to hear the name Keith Lamont Scott trending today. Emotions have a habit of getting ahead of facts (see Facts Don’t Matter: Marilyn Mosby Fabricates More Anti-Police Accusations… and BREAKING: Ohio Boy Tyree King, Shot Killed by Police. What we Know…), so here's what we know so far...
*Twelve police officers have been injured during violent protests and looting in North Carolina that broke out after an officer fatally shot a black man who they claimed was carrying a gun - but his family have insisted he was a disabled father-of-seven who was only reading a book.
Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer at The Village at College Downs in Charlotte at about 4pm on Tuesday.
The police department issued a statement saying the officers fired their weapons after considering Scott a threat.
But Scott's brother and sister said he didn't have a gun and was reading a book in his car while waiting for his son to be dropped off from school, WSOC reported.
On Tuesday night, 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.
Video shows one protester jumping on top of a police car and officers firing tear gas to break up the crowd. Several hundred people gathered with some setting fires blocking a major road, and others setting trucks ablaze.
UPDATED 12:15 EST/9:15 PST
As of right now, there is no video of the incident in question. Making the event even more combustible, this comes the day after the Terence Crutcher shooting in Oklahoma where there was video.
But what we know is that one side says there was a gun, the other side said there was a book.
It could very well have been a book, and the officer in question should be held accountable. Obviously. But let's not act like there aren't more than a few reasons to just join the mob on Twitter. Or the actual mob in North Carolina.
Waiting for the facts?
See, we would have loved to have "waited for the facts" of the case to come in. Cops said gun, family says book. But these "protestors" chose not to wait. They grabbed figurative pitchforks to get their violence on before Shaun King could apply his blackface to stir said rioters.
Also, let's call these "protestors" what they actually are: rabble-rousing, violent, rioting thugs. Yes, THUGS. They're using the death of Keith Lamont Scott as an excuse to be violent, to loot and pillage. If they actually cared about Scott, maybe they would wait before enacting violence on twelve officers, then taking a trip to the Walmart to gear up. Yeah? Or maybe, if they were decent human beings at all, they wouldn't get their violence on at all? Just a thought. It's why I used the word "thug" there rather than care bears.
Because, as already stated, if this case is proven to be the cop's error, he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But if it's found Scott's book was full of hollow points rather than words...?
It wouldn't be the first time a Black Lives Matter narrative got busted.
* Update Thursday September 22: Original video was removed from YouTube. We removed the link as well.