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Riot at Georgia Tech Follows LGBT Leader's Killing


Violence breaks out on the Atlanta campus as lawyers debate the use of force in Scout Schultz's killing.

The memorial for Georgia Tech's Pride president -- a bisexual, intersex, nonbinary student shot to death by campus police this weekend -- ended in a torched police cruiser, arrested protesters, and a police officer rushed to the hospital, reports The Washington Post.

Scout Schultz was shot after wielding what police claim they saw as a knife, but Schultz family attorneys believe was a bladeless multi-tool. A tape of the violent encounter reportedly showed Schultz screaming, "Shoot me!" at the officers. Three suicide notes ostensibly written by Schultz were later found.

Although the Monday night vigil began peacefully, several dozen people then marched on campus police with a banner that read "Protect LGBTQ" and chanting "This is not OK!" Moments later, a police SUV was seen on fire and footage from a local TV station showed an officer being loaded on a stretcher nursing a head injury. CNN also recorded people shouting in the street while another officer wrestled a protester to the ground. Amid the tumult, students were asked to seek shelter.

According to Georgia Tech, two campus police offers suffered minor injuries, and three protesters were arrested for inciting a riot and assaulting a police officer.

In response to the unrest, Schultz's family has released another statement: "We ask that those who wish to protest Scout's death do so peacefully. ... Answering violence with violence is not the answer."

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