(UPDATED) Police Shooting of Black Man Further Increases Racial Tensions in Little Rock, Ark. – Hundreds ‘Protest’ Near the Scene

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TheBlaze/AP) — A crowd has gathered in “protest” at the scene of the shooting of a suspect by Little Rock police.

The shooting happened at about 11:30 a.m. after a man fled on foot after being pulled over in an allegedly stolen SUV. Little Rock police say a physical altercation developed when an officer caught up to the suspect and the officer killed the man with at least one gunshot.

Police spokesman Sgt. Cassandra Davis said a weapon was recovered on the suspect.

The vehicle was stopped on 12th Street, several blocks south of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. About 200 people were gathered at the site by about 3 p.m.

There has been a noticeable spike in racial tension in the aftermath of the verdict in the George Zimmerman murder trial.

“Several people in the crowd referenced the Trayvon Martin incident, in which the 17-year-old boy was shot following an altercation with neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman last year. Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder on Saturday,” The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

The Democrat-Gazette reports people in the crowd also made references to 15-year-old Bobby Moore, a black teen who was killed by an officer in 2012.


This story has been updated.