Charlotte Protest Turns Violent as Police Fire Tear Gas at Bottle-Throwing Protesters

Posted on: September 21st, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) —  A prayer vigil in honor of Keith Lamont Scott turned into a violent protest Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, as riot gear-wearing police fired small canisters of tear gas at bottle-throwing protesters.

Scott is the armed man fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police at an apartment complex Sunday in the North Carolina.

Picture outside Omni Hotel. Apparently people protesting tried to flood lobby. Tear gas used in the area. @wsoctv

— Tina Terry (@TinaTerryWSOC9) September 22, 2016

Scott’s wife issued a statement Wednesday afternoon addressing the protesters, and urging them to exercise restraint against law enforcement officers.

“As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully,” the statement read. “Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting.

Hundreds of protesters Wednesday night shouted slogans, including “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” and “Black Lives Matter” while filling the streets of downtown Charlotte.

WATCH LIVE: @PaulBoydWSOC9 at Epicentre where police are now in riot gear, talking to security expert about march

— WSOCTV (@wsoctv) September 22, 2016

After protesters rushed riot gear-wearing police, they responded by firing tear gas at the protesters to disperse the crowd.

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