As demonstrators in Charlotte, N.C., protested the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott Tuesday night, raw footage captured an emotionally-driven moment between a protester and a police officer.
The man, who identified himself as a veteran, can be shown repeatedly saying “I love my country!” and “I don’t hate you, man!” while pleading with the stone-faced officer.
Twelve officers were reportedly injured in the ensuing protests, which were spawned by the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. Police were looking for a man with an outstanding warrant and stopped Scott Tuesday night, though he was not the man they were searching for.
Scott got out of his car with a gun, got back in and then got out again, at which point he was deemed a threat by police. Officer Brentley Vinson, who was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting, ended up firing the shots that killed Scott, who was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center.
Scott’s family claims he was carrying a book and not a gun; police uncovered a gun at the scene, but no book was in sight.
This incident came just a day after police shot down an unarmed Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Okla., while he was driving back from community college classes.