Charlotte Police Shooting Riots & Protests Day 1: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Rioting and unrest erupted in Charlotte, North Carolina over the police shooting of father of seven Keith Lamont Scott, intensifying throughout the night as fires were set, trucks looted, and officers wounded.

The unrest continued Wednesday night, and one civilian was killed by another civilian. You can learn more about day 2 of the protests/riots here.

The Tuesday outrage – which led to the injuries of at least 16 officers, one by a rock and seven civilians – was fueled, in part, by a dramatic and expletive-laden video that Scott’s daughter, Lyric, streamed on Facebook Live immediately after the shooting, in which she claimed police shot her father because he was black.

Scott’s brother said on video that all white people are f–king devils, although the officer who shot and killed Scott was also African-American. Police and the family disagreed over the details of the shooting. The police chief, who is also African American, strongly disputes the social media narrative that Scott was holding only a book. He said September 21 that police did not find a book at the scene and that Scott was armed with a gun, according to CNN.

The unrest was growing more intense in the early morning hours of September 21 as people ignited fires and looted a truck, prompting the driver, who was still inside, to tell a local news reporter she feared for her life. After 3 p.m., police and SWAT teams entered a formation and announced they were going to remove demonstrators from a highway, WSOC9 reporter Joe Bruno tweeted. By 3:30, he said demonstrators were disbursing into smaller groups.

The reporter, Joe Bruno, posted audio of his interview with the shaken truck driver. Listen:

Dramatic imagery emerged from the scene:

The shooting of Scott – by Officer Brentley Vinson – was the latest in a string of police shootings to cause unrest throughout the United States. It also comes on the heels of outrage over the shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma of an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Police & Family Disagree Over Whether Scott Was Armed

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Keith Lamont Scott with his wife. (Facebook)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police say that Scott was shot and killed after police went to serve a warrant for another person at an apartment complex. The police chief has strongly pushed back against the narrative on social media that Scott was holding a book, not a gun.

“It’s time to change the narrative because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media,” said Chief Kerr Putney, according to CNN.

A WBTV reporter released what she said was a picture from a police source of the gun recovered at the scene:

Putney said the officer was not wearing a body camera and added that “officers repeatedly told Scott to drop his gun, Putney said to CNN, but he didn’t,” saying that witnesses and evidence bear out this account.

Once there, they said that a confrontation ensued with an armed Scott, who was a father of seven and was, according to family, disabled. A police statement released to the news media says that officers from the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant on him at the Village at College downs when they observed a person, Scott, inside a vehicle in the apartment complex.

“The subject exited the vehicle armed with a firearm,” the statement says. “Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject. The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon.”

You can read the police news release here:

However, Scott’s family and friends insisted to the news media that Scott was unarmed and holding only a book. A Go Fund Me site created for Scott said, “Keith Lamont Scott was shot reportedly 4 times while reading a book and waiting for his son to get off the bus. He has sadly been taken away from his wife Rakeyia Scott and 7 children and family who love him dearly.”

Whether Scott was actually holding a book or whether that will turn out to be social media mythology is unclear. However, the contention quickly took traction on social media, fueling great anger toward police.

Scott’s brother spoke angrily about the shooting to reporters at the scene. At one point. he said on video that “all white people are f–king devils.”


Police say they recovered Scott’s gun at the scene.

Keith Lamont Scott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by police in Charlotte, North Carolina. His family and the police have released conflicting stories about what happened.

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2. Vinson, Who Shot Scott, Is Also African-American & Is a Former Football Player

Brentley Vinson (Liberty University)

Brentley Vinson (Liberty University)

The officer who shot and killed Scott was identified as Brentley Vinson. Vinson is a former college football player for Liberty University who has been on the Charlotte police force since 2014. Photos on the Charlotte police Facebook page show Vinson serving ice cream to children. He’s the officer in the middle back:

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Charlotte police wrote under this photo: “An anonymous donor sent an ice cream truck into the Dillehay neighborhood…Metro division officers Vinson, Kennedy, Reiber and Pinckney served sweltering community members. One little girl said, ‘Well now I like the po-po!'”

According to his college football biography, Vinson was a criminal justice major who “transferred to Liberty from Fork Union Military Academy … started every game for Fork Union in 2008 … graduated from Ardrey Kell High School … was a Southwestern 4A all-conference defensive back in 2006 … was forced to sit out the 2007 season due to an injury.”

The governor, Pat McCrory, said “he is praying for the victim’s family and injured officers,” according to WSOC-TV, and a civil rights leader called for an economic boycott of Charlotte.

Officer Brentley Vinson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Brentley Vinson was identified as the Charlotte, North Carolina police officer who was involved in shooting Keith Lamont Scott.

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3. At Least 16 Police Officers Were Injured During the Protests & People Looted Trucks & Set Fires

Charlotte police said on Twitter that at least a dozen police officers were injured, one with a rock. WSOC-TV reported that “Protesters have blocked I-85, lighting fires from boxes on looted trucks” and “Protesters are looting from a truck stuck in traffic” and “Protesters walked onto Interstate 85 blocking both directions at Harris Boulevard.”

Around 2:30 a.m., people looted a truck and set items from it on fire, causing a truck driver inside to fear for her life, according to Joe Bruno, a reporter for WSOC 9.


Charlotte police said police were working to restore calm. Police said “agitators” had “joined the demonstrators.” They added, “Demonstrators surrounded our officers who were attempting to leave scene.” The window of a news van was smashed:

Police also wrote that “Civil Emergency Unit deployed to safely remove our officers from old concord.” WSOC-TV reported that people had streamed onto the freeway.

Lyric Scott: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Lyric Scott is the daughter of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was killed by police in Charlotte, North Carolina. Lyric posted live video to Facebook and attended a protest in her father's honor. Read more here.

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4. People Posted Dramatic Videos From the Protest Scene Showing Protesters Yelling in the Faces of Police Officers

One man’s Facebook Live video had more than 1 million views. Mills Shaka Zulu Gill posted a series of streams live on Facebook as the night unfolded. Another video he posted was viewed more than 700,000 times in just a few hours, showing the immense power of social media to affect public opinion in police-related controversies.

Another video he posted showed people walking around near police squads with whirring lights and a chaotic scene, including people throwing rocks at squad cars.

He also captured the fires being set. Videos showed a raucous scene in which protesters got in the faces of riot gear-clad police officers and tried to destroy squad cars.

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5. Scott’s Daughter’s Facebook Live Stream Was Viewed Thousands of Times

Scott’s daughter, Lyric expressed her anger in the minutes after the shooting in a Facebook Live stream viewed by many thousands of people.

She unleashed expletives at police officers who stood only feet away just moments after her 43-year-old father was gunned down. You can watch the video above. Warning: The language is graphic. As with the case of Philando Castile in Minnesota last summer, the power of live Facebook streaming began to energize demonstrators and informed people of the shooting in real time.

Lyric Scott (Facebook/keirramsprettybabe.scott)

Lyric Scott (Facebook/keirramsprettybabe.scott)

“The police just shot my daddy…for being black,” Scott’s daughter said in an angry, lengthy Facebook Live post that went viral on the Internet.

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      • Karl even spelled his name with a K because he wants to be black so bad. He knows his name is spelled with a C instead. Poor thing.

      • You white punks kill me. You are all cowards. Let’s talk about how you punks ease your “pain” by shooting up drugs and raping your own children. I find it hard to believe that a black cop shot that black man. It was a little white coward cop who did it and wants the black cop to take the heat so it doesn’t look like what it is.

  1. One of the most ignorant aspects of some of these videos are the white people mingling in to protest the police. That is one hell of a dangerous atmosphere to attempt to demonstrate how ‘down’ you are with this criminal cause and activity.

  2. Jessica. Your report is crap and it’s just a typical view point of white people. Yes, the officer may have been black but do you actually know of the institutional racism within the police? And was this officer on his own? No. He was with a white guy. You people are creating a war and yes, a war is what you will get for every bad treatment we have had to endure for more than 500 years. And yes, I am talking about slavery too. So you all better watch your back as we will be fighting back big time!!! BLACKLIVESMATTER.

    • You probably stole some guns from wal-mart so use them to kill each other like you always do. I always have my six anywhere I go . Better watch yours !

    • Again, ridiculous reaction to an unfortunate incident. The rioters and looters, not the peaceful protesters carry nothing about the young man that was shot. In every incident, these people are out to steal to get something for nothing. That’s it. This isn’t a movement, it’s an opportunity to steal from and destroy property from people that they view have more than they do. If they all had jobs, they wouldn’t have time for this nonsense.

    • Hey “Queen of life” You want war, go enlist in our military to help defend this country that give you more chances to become what ever you want (ie black president, judges, cops, lawyers, doctors) Just a thought. Oh that’s right then you would miss out on all the looting (oh sorry I mean protesting) and actually have to work for a living!!

    • Queen unless you are 151 years old you didn’t endure slavery. So why bring it up? Do your research. Yes why some slaves were treated very poorly, most were not. Most actually appreciated their owners because without them they would have been in worse living conditions elsewhere in the world. A lot were really well taken care of. I’m not saying all black people are bad. I have really good friends that are black. You are one of the ones that gives your race a bad name. Fight racism with even more racism and see how far it gets you. You want to be productive do something to end it not feed into it. #ALLLIVESMATTER not just one race ALL!!!

    • All shutup crybaby. How long are African Americans going to cry about
      slavery? 100 more years? 200? 300? I’ve been hearing blacks belly aching my whole life, and frankly I’m sick of it.

  3. That Nig wasn’t carrying a book and was not cooperating. The result—a bunch of dumb asses riot because they cannot accept the fact that their race is uninformed, violent, and stupid. Is it any wonder people do not trust blacks to reason through to correct conclusions. So they destroy property of uninvolved people and kill whites when it is a black cop as usual. Bad cops will be prosecuted. By the way, saying ANYTHING! you want is the basis of a free society, so get over it. It is assaulting people that is ILLEGAL! Cooperate with police, I do.

  4. Read the crime statistics report published by the US Department of Justice. More white people are gunned down every year by cops than blacks, hispanics, native americans, chinese, or any other racial demographic. You don’t hear about rioting and looting from any of those people. Can someone explain to me why the only time a black life has value is when it’s taken by a cop? What about all the black-on-black violence in Chicago? You don’t see any protests about that. How about all the black-on-black crime that happens in Charlotte? No protests there either. Or how about someone tell me how in Milwaukee, a black cop shoots an armed black man (and the bodycam video proves it…) yet, it’s the whites that are dragged from their vehicles and beaten down and grieving family members are directing the rioters to go to the ‘white’ neighborhoods and burn that down instead? How does any of that make any sense? It doesn’t. Stop acting like this.

    • Bring it to the white neighborhoods. We’re very well armed and don’t hit innocent bystanders. Whites are killed by cops at twice the rate of blacks. It’s just when a criminal gets his stupid ass killed we say good riddance.

  5. Of course there is a gun with no clip laying on the ground.The officers put it there to cover their tracks,,, not matter their skin color. Police have become public enemy ,,, and of their own doing.

  6. How come these same blacks do not care one bit about the 3,000 blacks killed by other blacks this year in the inner cities, mainly in Chicago?

  7. The only way to stop those blacks who riot is to mow them down with water hoses, arrest them and put them all in one big cage. Those who protest should be protected by the very police they are protesting against.

  8. Sure let’s fight racism with more racism. Black lives matter is a joke. ALL LIVES MATTER!!! To all the Anonymous posters saying things like come get it, want a war you got one, etc. Grow a pair and put your name. You scared? Lyric should be charged with inciting a riot and disorderly conduct in my opinion as well as anyone else of any race that posts this type of video on social media.

    • Oh one more thing all the white people spouting out racist comments, you are idiots fueling the fire. People say they want to end racism, yet every time something like this happens the name calling, shit talking, and racist bullshit starts. In my opinion media should stop reporting on incidents like this not matter what race is the victim and which race is the instigator. That or report them all. All the media is out for is #’s why not post black cops shooting whites, white cops shooting whites? Cause it doesn’t generate the viewers, which takes money from their pockets through advertising. They are just as much to blame for starting these types of riots as anyone else. I’m all for a civil protest, but come on what does rioting and looting do for anyone? Someone gets shot by police, let’s go steal some jerseys and burn stuff from the back of the truck. SO hurting other people and screwing up what makes them a living makes you feel better? Hypocrite!! Remember that when you go to buy something and you’re paying more than you would have last week.

  9. Meanwhile in Tulsa…an unarmed man was shot by police and killed. No rioting, just peaceful protests. But in Charlotte, and armed man is injured for non complying, and reaching into his vehicle. Whether it was a book or a gun, the police felt threatened (can you tell from 50 feet away what someone is waving at you? While you are telling the STOP?). And why? Because “Black Lives Matter” has created a threatening environment every time police go into a “black” neighborhood.

    • Exactly Peter!! All the black lives matter campaign is doing is putting officers more on edge and all it will do is cause more lives to be lost, due to officers being more nervous every time they issue a warrant or make even a simple traffic violation. It’s either going to get to the point that they will do one of 2 things react first and think later, or they just won’t go into certain neighborhoods or won’t make traffic stops for something simple. Would you want to be shot at for stopping someone because their taillight is out? It’s getting out of hand and something needs to be done now. Like I said in my post “ALL LIVES MATTER!!” Maybe if people can get that message in their heads and start treating each other with respect no matter the race maybe just maybe we can lessen racism. I say lessen because less face it. It will most likely never be 100% gone. Not in any of our life times anyway, but what we teach our children and grandchildren could be the start of the end.

  10. Everyone involved in those the so called ‘protest’ are nothing more than criminal thugs looking for a reason to engage in criminal activity. (ie; looting, burning, etc) Decent law abiding citizens would be nowhere near that filth.