A graphic video from Wednesday night’s turmoil in Charlotte, North Carolina shows a gang of rioters beating up a stranger after he appears to beg for mercy.
Local photographer Lenard Bennett posted a Facebook video early on Thursday morning of a man cornered by a handful of black men who punch him, knock him to the ground, pull off his pants, and drag him across a parking garage, kicking him while he is down.
Bennett captions the video: “This is beyond wrong smh praying for my city #Charlotte.” He later posted a gallery of 30 photos showing the looting and destruction across Charlotte — windows shattered, obscenities painted on police cars, and plants strewn on the ground (the New York Times reported that rioters threw potted plants at police officers). Bennett 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.”
Over the past few days, demonstrators have protested the death of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man who was shot and killed by a black police officer. Early reports critical of the police claimed that the officer mistook a book in Scott’s hand for a weapon, but investigators found a handgun at the scene — not a book.
The “Black Lives Matter” demonstrations have given way to violent riots, with one individual shot and killed on Wednesday night, one police officer hospitalized, and several journalists attacked.