CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Civil rights activists have called for an economic boycott of the City of Charlotte in response to the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot by police Tuesday after they say he had a gun.
“Since black lives don’t matter for this city, then black dollars shouldn’t matter,” an activist told the media in a press conference on Wednesday.
During the same press conference at The Village at College Downs Apartments, members of True Healing Under God (T.H.U.G.) urged all black people living in the city to take their money elsewhere.
“We’re calling on all black people in Charlotte to keep your money in your pocket and let the City of Charlotte, with their great buildings and skyscrapers, and Panthers and Hornets and all that; keep your money in your pockets.”
The boycott is in response to the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot by police at the apartment complex and later died.
The officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Officer Brentley Vinson.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, Scott was armed with a handgun and threatened officers.
“"He is armed, with a handgun that we found on scene as well...Makes some imminent threat to them and because of that, at least one of our officers fired rounds at the subject,” Chief Putney told the media at an earlier press conference.
Family members say Scott, who they say was disabled, was waiting in the car for his son to get off the school bus. They say he had a book, not a gun.
“A handgun was seized. I can also tell you we did not find a book,” Chief Putney said at a news conference hosted by city leaders. “Keith Lamont Scott exited his vehicle with a gun. Officers gave a loud, clear command to drop the weapon.”
Protests erupted Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning in the University City area of Charlotte. At least 16 officers were injured and several vehicles were damaged, according to police.
One person was taken into custody.
Chief Putney says the story surrounding Scott’s death is different from how it’s being portrayed on social media and they’re going through all of the footage from body and dash cams.
Mayor Roberts said, "We understand there may be continuing protests this evening. I've spoken with community leaders: we're calling for peace, dialogue."