Last week’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott unveiled the darker side of the charming southern town of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Several days of unrest exacerbated by the city’s lack of transparency in Scott’s shooting death brought forth emotional reactions during a Monday night city council meeting, according to Fox News.
Residents demanded the resignation of Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney, who they say mishandled the public’s concerns in Scott’s shooting death investigation.
“It’s going to be rough in these streets until you give justice to our people,” said Rev. Milton Williams, who spoke during the three-hour meeting. “Our city’s in an uproar, and you did not respond.”
Zianna Oliphant, a young Charlotte girl, also spoke at the meeting and powerfully expressed anguish over racial inequality. With her braids pulled back and tears streaming down her face, she announced Monday, according to CBS News: “It’s a shame that our fathers and brothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go through that graveyard and bury him. We need our fathers and brothers to be by our side.”
Scott’s death is the second high-profile police-involved shooting centralized to the Charlotte community within the past three years. Jonathan Ferrell, an unarmed Florida A&M football player, was fatally shot 10 times by Charlotte police in 2013.
Ferrell’s shooting, coupled with the recent deaths of young men and women at the hands of police in Oklahoma, Minnesota, Louisiana, and countless other states, reveals the stain of racism on the fabric of the nation.
Charlotte presents a dynamic of extreme wealth juxtaposed against extreme poverty, where residents feel ignored and displaced. The downtown area, a mix of high rise corporate buildings and affordable housing, highlights two separate experiences in the Queen City.
Jibril Hough, a local activist who organized peaceful protests after Ferrell’s shooting death, says it time to dispel the warm, welcoming aura Charlotte presents.
“When people come into town, they see nice, shiny buildings. But when it comes to working-class people, they don’t put pressure on these businesses to say what are you going to do for the working class,” Hough said.
Rev. William Barber, head of Charlotte’s NAACP chapter, told Fox News that Charlotte’s deficits weren’t created in a vacuum. Until community leaders resolve to work on the underlying issues, including racial inequality and economic freedom, these incidents will continue to happen.
“The type of riots we are seeing in Charlotte is a systemic response for people who are drowning in injustice,” he said.
47 Black Men And Boys Killed By Police
1. Botham Shem Jean, 261 of 47
2. Antwon Rose Jr., 172 of 47
3. Robert Lawrence White, 413 of 47
4. Anthony Lamar Smith, 24Source:Getty 4 of 47
5. Ramarley Graham, 18Source:Getty 5 of 47
6. Manuel Loggins Jr., 31Source:Getty 6 of 47
7. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty 7 of 47
8. Wendell Allen, 20Source:Getty 8 of 47
9. Kendrec McDade, 19Source:Getty 9 of 47
10. Larry Jackson Jr., 32Source:Getty 10 of 47
11. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Getty 11 of 47
12. Jordan Baker, 26Source:Getty 12 of 47
13. Victor White lll, 22Source:Getty 13 of 47
14. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Getty 14 of 47
15. Eric Garner, 43Source:Getty 15 of 47
16. John Crawford lll, 22Source:Getty 16 of 47
17. Michael Brown, 18Source:Getty 17 of 47
18. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Getty 18 of 47
19. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty 19 of 47
20. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Getty 20 of 47
21. Laquan McDonald, 17Source:Getty 21 of 47
22. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty 22 of 47
23. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Getty 23 of 47
24. Rumain Brisbon, 34Source:Getty 24 of 47
25. Jerame Reid, 36Source:Getty 25 of 47
26. Charly Keunang, 43Source:Getty 26 of 47
27. Tony Robinson, 19Source:Getty 27 of 47
28. Walter Scott, 50Source:Getty 28 of 47
29. Freddie Gray, 25Source:Getty 29 of 47
30. Brendon Glenn, 29Source:Getty 30 of 47
31. Samuel DuBose, 43Source:Getty 31 of 47
32. Christian Taylor, 19Source:Getty 32 of 47
33. Jamar Clark, 24Source:Getty 33 of 47
34. Mario Woods, 26Source:Getty 34 of 47
35. Quintonio LeGrier, 19Source:Getty 35 of 47
36. Gregory Gunn, 58Source:Getty 36 of 47
37. Akiel Denkins, 24Source:Getty 37 of 47
38. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Getty 38 of 47
39. Philando Castile, 32Source:Getty 39 of 47
40. Terrence Sterling, 31Source:Getty 40 of 47
41. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Getty 41 of 47
42. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Getty 42 of 47
43. Alfred Olango, 38Source:Getty 43 of 47
44. Jordan Edwards, 15Source:Getty 44 of 47
45. Stephon Clark, 2245 of 47
46. Danny Ray Thomas, 3446 of 47
47. DeJuan Guillory, 2747 of 47
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