Contradicting accounts have emerged concerning the shooting of a demonstrator participating in the Charlotte protests.
The protests erupted following the police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.
It has not been determined whether the deceased protestor, identified as Justin Carr, was killed by a live bullet, rubber bullet or tear gas canister.
Justin Carr: Conflicting accounts concerning the death of protestor
According to PhotographyIsNotACrime.com, an eyewitness who said he assisted in the emergency response, Todd Zimmer, gave his account of the incident. In a social media post, Zimmer, who was at the scene where the protester was shot in the head, said he is “convinced that police shot this person with a rubber bullet or a tear gas canister.”
“I stood over the injured person while folks tried to revive them, tried to keep folks back. I have captured video of police firing into the crowd seconds before the person fell,” Zimmer wrote in his post. “I didn’t want to post about this, but my city is lying about what happened tonight. Let the record show.”
Zimmer also posted a graphic picture of the scene in his post, which can be viewed at the bottom of the story.
North Carolina criminal defense lawyer Kahran Meyers said she also witnessed the shooting of the protester. However, Meyers claims the discharge “wasn’t a gunshot.” It was, in fact, “much louder.”
Meyers published her account in a tweet that she posted an hour after witnessing the shooting. “It wasn’t a civilian injury,” Meyers wrote. “The way people scattered. No way. At least a dozen people exclaimed loudly ‘They just shot him’ and people in the crowd were familiar with him [the protester shot by police]. At that point, the peaceful protesters who hadn’t already left, exited.”
However, a third eyewitness gave a different account, as reported by The Daily Beast. According to the witness, it was a civilian who fired a shot – and not the police – that killed the protester.
“A civilian fired a pistol indiscriminately into a crowd of dozens outside the hotel, turned and ran, leaving a man laying on the ground in a pool of blood on the sidewalk,” the eyewitness said.
“Several people were screaming, saying someone was shot in the head and a crowd quickly formed around the victim, a black male,” the eyewitness said, adding that the shooter – who the witness identified as a black male – was standing with his weapon aimed at the intersection of East Trade and South College streets with the weapon still aimed.
I watched a man die tonight with my own two eyes. It was NOT by a civilian. I don't care WHAT CNN tells you.
I was right fucking there.
— BLACK MATLOCK (@KahranAtLaw) September 22, 2016