A video from the scene in Charlotte Wednesday night shows a violent gang of rioters attack a man after he begs for mercy.
A local photographer, Lenard Bennett, posted a Facebook video early Thursday of a man who was cornered by a group of black men who proceed to punch and kick him, knocking him to the ground, ripping his pants off him and kicking him in the head.
The video was captioned by Bennett: “This is beyond wrong smh praying for my city #Charlotte.” He latter posted a gallery of 30 photos that show the looting and destruction across Charlotte – windows shattered, obscenities were painted on police cars, and plants strewn on the ground (the New York Times reported that rioters even threw potted plants at police officers.)
Bennett also condemned the riots in the caption on this album: “Look at how they tearing up and looting the city we all live in THIS IS NOT PROTESTING! #BlackLivesMatter.”
Since writing this report, Bennett has removed the content from his Facebook page.
Riots have erupted in the last two days in the city after a black man was shot and killed by a black police officer. Protesters and family members insist that Keith Lamont Scott had a book in his hand, but investigators say they found a gun at the scene of the and there is body cam footage that shows Scott approaching the officer with a gun.