A protester has died after being shot during the Charlotte riots on Wednesday September 21 in a graphic scene captured on video.
The City of Charlotte originally said the protester was killed by another civilian in the crowd, but later corrected the statement to say the shot protester was critically injured and is on life support.
The shot man, identified as Justin Carr, has now died. Furthermore, who shot him has become a point of contention, and the police chief said on September 22 that police were still investigating the death, including allegations that a police officer shot Carr. On Friday, the chief said a civilian, Rayquan Borum, a felon, was arrested in Carr’s death.
You can see video of the wounded protester lying at the scene here. Warning: It’s graphic and disturbing.
Read more about Carr here, including details of the police chief’s comments:
Dramatic photos of the scene where the man was wounded were also disseminated. Warning: They are also graphic.
The wounded protester and suspect have not been identified.
A state of emergency was declared in Charlotte, according to CNN, as riots grew in intensity on September 21. At least 20 officers were injured in two days of rioting, four on Wednesday. People threw things, looted stores, vandalized squads and buses and tear gas was deployed on protesters.
One man was attacked in a parking lot. Watch that video here:
The unrest was sparked by the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a father of seven who was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson. Vinson and Scott are both African-American. The police chief, also black, has pushed back against social media narratives that Scott was unarmed and carrying a book when shot. He said on Wednesday that Scott was armed with a gun, refused commands to drop the weapon, and that police did not find a book.
This Facebook post was starting to get attention:
However, police now say Borum killed Carr. Read more about Borum here:
You can watch live coverage of the riots here:
Meanwhile, manslaughter charges were issued Thursday against Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby in the shooting death there of an unarmed man named Terence Crutcher. You can read those charges here: