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Scott’s family dispute claims he had a gun

by James Tweedie
US POLICE fired tear gas to disperse riots early yesterday morning after officers killed a black man in disputed circumstances.
Angry protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, erupted on Tuesday night shortly after the fatal shooting of father-of-seven Keith Lamont Scott.
Mr Scott was shot multiple times by officers looking for another man with an outstanding arrest warrant over his head.
Officer Brentley Vinson was identified as firing the fatal shots and was put on administrative leave.
The protests spilled over onto the Interstate 85 motorway, blocking traffic in both directions. TV footage showed dozens of protesters apparently looting articulated lorries and setting their contents on fire.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured.
Detectives claimed they recovered a gun from the scene of the shooting but Mr Scott’s family said he was unarmed and peacefully reading a book when he was killed at a block of flats.
One neighbour told local TV: “The man did not have a gun,” saying he was “armed with a book.”
Mr Scott’s brother said the officers were in plain clothes and opened fire moments after confronting the victim.
“He was waiting on his son to get from school and police came out … he didn’t have on no uniform to determine if he was a police or not.
“He was an undercover and he just jumped out and yelled ‘gun’ and shot at him,” he added. “I think they shot him four times. I’m not sure, but he’s dead.”
Mr Scott’s sister corroborated that account, saying: “They jumped out their truck. They said, ‘Hands up! He got a gun! He got a gun!’ Pow, pow, pow, pow,” she said. “That’s it. He didn’t have no gun.”
nA lawyer for the family of Terence Crutcher, the unarmed black man shot dead by police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last week, slammed police claims they found the drug PCP in his car after the incident.
Benjamin Crump, who also acted for the family of slain teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012, said: “Let us not be throwing a red herring, and to say because something was found in the car that was justification to shoot him.”