Charlotte Protesters Shut Down Freeway, Steal And Burn Cargo From Semis

Last night in Charlotte, protests over the police shooting death of a black man turned violent, leading to the shut down of I-85 as protesters broke into semis, stole cargo, and burned it on the interstate.

Situation on I-85 is only getting worse…this is an out of control nightmare. pic.twitter.com/8J7MFQ5FYY

Yesterday morning, Charlotte police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott, who they said was armed, as they attempted to serve him a warrant outside of an apartment complex.

Later in the day, a large group of protesters began demonstrating near the scene of the shooting.

These demonstrations were initially peaceful, but later became violent. Several protestors attacked police vehicles, smashing out windows. Law enforcement in riot gear used tear gas and rubber bullets to try to disperse the crowd.

Sometime after midnight, the protests forced the closure of I-85. Several semis were stuck on I-85 by the road closure and protests.

After I-85 closed down, the protesters turned their attention to the semis. They broke into trucks and pulled out the cargo, burning it on the roadway.

One female truck driver hauling car parts spoke with local news crews as the protesters looted her truck. The clearly terrified driver said she feared for her life and kept asking the reporter if the police were coming to help her.

You can hear a small portion of that interview below.

The protest shut down I-85 for around two hours.

Sixteen police officers were injured in the protests. No truck driver injuries have yet been reported.

Sources:
WSOC TV
NOLA
WSOCTV