Brother of Man Slain by Black Cop: 'All White People Are F***in' Devils'
Violent protests erupted in Charlotte, North Carolina, Tuesday night, after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by police officer Brentley Vinson. Both Scott and Vinson are black. Nevertheless, a man claiming to be Scott's brother declared that white people are evil.
"Just know that all white people are f***in' devils," the man said. "Air that sh*t. All white cops are f***in' devils, and white people! They're all f***in' devils." Here is the video:
Conflicting reports have emerged about the events surrounding Scott's death, USA Today reported. Local police reported that he had a gun when he emerged from his car, but neighbors and family insisted that the item was a book. In the hours after the incident, a large crowd of protesters formed, and police resorted to tear gas and flash bangs to disperse the protesters. About 12 police officers were injured and squad cars were damaged. The doors to a Walmart store were reportedly smashed as well.
Scott was not the intended target of the police search which began Tuesday afternoon. Officers were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they saw Scott — not the suspect they were looking for — inside a vehicle at The Village at College Downs, an apartment complex in Charlotte.
Officers said the man exited the vehicle armed with a firearm, then got back in. When the officers approached the car, Scott got out of the car with the gun again. The officers considered the man to be "an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject," according to officials.
Detectives reportedly recovered a firearm from the scene and were interviewing witnesses. Vinson was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. He had been with the department for two years, according to the Associated Press.
Almost immediately after the event, neighbors and family members disputed the police's story.
"He didn't have no gun, he wasn't messin' with nobody," a woman who claimed she was Scott's sister told WBTV News' Sarah Blake. She insisted that Scott was reading a book when he was shot.
The man who called himself Scott's brother told WCNC's Tanya Mendis that Vinson did not have a uniform on — he was an undercover cop. "He just jumped out, and yelled 'gun!' and shot at him."
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