A protest following a vigil for the Georgia Tech student who was fatally shot by campus police turned violent and ended with several arrests.
A peaceful vigil took place Monday night for Scout Schultz who was shot carrying a small knife and refusing to follow police orders on Saturday. The 21 year-old gender non-binary student, who was seen in a video of the incident walking toward officers, shouted “shoot me!”
Georgia Tech Police car on fire tonight in campus protest after armed student was killed by police this past weekend. pic.twitter.com/aAxOKDqXLY
— Doug Evans (@dougevansfox5) September 19, 2017
Schultz was ultimately shot by police after advancing on officers and not heeding orders to drop the knife.
Following a vigil Monday night at Georgia Tech, about 50 protesters marched to the campus police department, according to university spokesman Lance Wallace, the New York Post reported.
Protests currently happening on Georgia Tech’s campus pic.twitter.com/cswQjoZzAR
— Jacob Peavy (@jacobpeavy) September 19, 2017
Protests have erupted at #GeorgiaTech. A police car was ignited by a flare thrown by a protestor. #gatech pic.twitter.com/7lkLmHGscc
— Pamela Sharky (@Pamela_Sharky13) September 19, 2017
Chaos erupted as the protests turned violent with a police car being torched and officers surrounded and attacked. Georgia Tech students were told to shelter in place as police quickly restored order.
A #GeorgiaTech police car was set on fire during the protests (Instagram –dyoo31) pic.twitter.com/vJMKOYc4pH
— COED.com (@COED) September 19, 2017
More footage from #GeorgiaTech protests #ScoutSchultz pic.twitter.com/a992P07jju
— COED.com (@COED) September 19, 2017
Some students reported that the rioters were not from the school campus.
ALL students interviewed on local news said #GeorgiaTech rioters were not students, but were from outside & didn’t know #ScoutShultz
— NoCoupForYou (@IChooseFakeNews) September 19, 2017
Friend at Georgia Tech says rioters are NOT students of the University. They’ve been told to lock themselves in their dorms.#GeorgiaTech
— Point E. Elbo (@Point_E_Elbo) September 19, 2017
#gatech #georgiatech protesters go home, none of the students actually want you here, you’re just making everything worse
— Jimmy McGowan (@jimmy_gd_fan) September 19, 2017
Two officers suffered minor injuries and one of them was taken to a hospital for treatment, according to the Post. Three people were arrested and charged with inciting a riot and battery of an officer, Wallace said.
A police car burns amid violent protests at Georgia Tech after a student was fatally shot by police over the weekend https://t.co/caajbEabGT pic.twitter.com/WsabgwOlBE
— CNN (@CNN) September 19, 2017
3 arrests, 2 cops hurt as riot breaks out at #GeorgiaTech over fatal police shooting of student https://t.co/wZByOwkxcu pic.twitter.com/qaqOIhb0eH
— RT (@RT_com) September 19, 2017
Schultz’s family had urged the protesters to remain peaceful, in a statement through attorney Chris Stewart.
“(W)e ask that those who wish to protest Scout’s death do so peacefully. Answering violence with violence is not the answer,” the statement said, according to the Post. “Our goal is to work diligently to make positive change at Georgia Tech in an effort to ensure a safer campus for all students.”
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