Charlotte’s cost of police shooting protests put at $4.6M

Police fire teargas as protestors converge on downtown following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Protesters have rushed police in riot gear at a downtown Charlotte hotel and officers have fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. At least one person was injured in the confrontation, though it wasn't immediately clear how. Firefighters rushed in to pull the man to a waiting ambulance.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The city of Charlotte says protests following the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September cost city taxpayers $4.6 million.

The Charlotte Observer reports ( that city officials say almost $4 million of that went to police overtime with varying amounts for damage to public property. The total doesn’t include private property damage.

The city plans to use reserves to cover the cost, which covers a three-week period from Sept. 20 through Oct. 7.

Meanwhile, multiple media outlets report that seven Charlotte residents have sued over police use of tear gas and smoke bombs. They want a temporary restraining order to prevent Charlotte police from using force against nonviolent protesters.

The city said in a statement that Charlotte police strive to protect everyone’s right to protest peacefully.


Information from: The Charlotte Observer,

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