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Jenkins writes: "Charlotte, North Carolina entered a fourth day of peaceful protests Friday night, sparking solidarity demonstrations in other parts of the country as people continue to express outrage over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, who was shot dead by police earlier this week."

Residents gather for a vigil and march to protest the death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 21, 2016. (photo: Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
Residents gather for a vigil and march to protest the death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, September 21, 2016. (photo: Brian Blanco/Getty Images)


As Charlotte Protests Hit Fourth Day, Other Cities Begin Marching in Solidarity

By Jack Jenkins, ThinkProgress

24 September 16

 

harlotte, North Carolina entered a fourth day of peaceful protests Friday night, sparking solidarity demonstrations in other parts of the country as people continue to express outrage over the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, who was shot dead by police earlier this week.

More than 100 demonstrators chanted and waved signs reading “Just Release the Tapes” as they marched through Charlotte’s business district, demanding that local police release videos of the shooting recorded on dashboard and body cameras. Police say Scott was shot because he was carrying a gun, but eyewitnesses insist the man was unarmed, and are demanding proof to back up officials’ claims.

“#it was a book,” read one of the protest banners, referring to accounts that Scott was holding a book, not a firearm, when he was felled by police.

The protests, which included a rally in front of Charlotte police headquarters, were tinged with emotional intensity after Reykia Scott, Keith Scott’s widow, released her own cellphone video of the shooting to the media earlier that day. Although the video did not clearly show the precise moment of the shooting, Scott does not appear to have a weapon near him in the immediate aftermath, a fact that contradicts a widely-distributed photo of the victim lying on the ground next to a gun after being shot.

Reykia can be heard pleading with police to spare Scott’s life in the video, saying, “Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon.”

Most of the protestors dispersed early Friday evening roughly before 1:00am, complying with a midnight curfew invoked by Mayor Jennifer Roberts after one protestor was shot and killed during an altercation with police Wednesday night. Authorities say the death was caused by “civilian-on-civilian” violence, but eyewitnesses—including a pastor—dispute that claim, saying the fatal shot “came from the direction of the police.”

Roberts and other local authorities previously said they would not release tapes of the shooting, but changed course on Friday.

“I do believe the video should be released. The question is on timing,” Roberts said.

The Charlotte protests were bolstered by a massive solidarity march in downtown Atlanta, Georgia on Friday evening. There, around 450 demonstrators rallied to condemn Scott’s death as well as the killing of Terence Crutcher, a black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who was gunned down by police earlier this week despite being visibly unarmed.

“Black people have witnessed people do violence to them and [the shooter] be protected by law enforcement,” Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson said at a news conference before the protest.

Demonstrators in Atlanta said they have more protests planned for Saturday, and other cities could follow suit. Meanwhile, police report that 47 people have been arrested in Charlotte since demonstrations began on Tuesday, 37 of whom are from the city and 41 hailing from North Carolina.

As of September 22, at least 790 people have been killed by police in 2016—with people of color disproportionately represented. In 2015, police killed nearly 1,000 civilians, according to a Washington Post database.

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0 # indian weaver 2016-09-24 14:45
Meanwhile, back at the White House, the terrorist jihadist nazi Obama lounges in his basement game room assassinating innocent people worldwide in his genocidal maniacal war crimes games. And where is this cowardly liar's Justice Dept. when all of our innocent black male citizens are being cut down by the storm troopers posing at police: MIA; DOA. That is where the lying coward Obama's Justice Dept. is while he murders innocent people by the 1000s worldwide, the boy toy makes good with his toys.
 
 
+11 # RMDC 2016-09-24 19:06
I hope these protests spread to every city in the US. The police clearly are not training their officers NOT to shoot first and ask questions later. The way these people are shot is simply wrong. People are shot in the back, with their hand up, or lying on the ground. There is no reason for the shooting.

All police departments in the US are now unified and coordinated through the Dept. of Homeland Security and its "Fusion Centers." DHS could send along an order to stop shooting. Guns would have to be the very last resort. The preferred way to deal with someone who runs from the police is to let the guy go.

Obama and Attorney General Lynch will have to take the lead on this. Local police and mayors will go the "get tough" route. Then it is up to people to shut these racist cities down.

Obama fiddles while Charlotte burns. Then Chicago will burn. Obama keeps fiddling.
 
 
+11 # librarian1984 2016-09-24 22:04
It boggles the mind that Obama is so silent as man after man gets shot in cold blood.

Blacks have been telling us for decades about this abuse and we should have acted then. When we saw the video of Rodney King getting beaten I thought some action would finally be taken, but no. Now we see these videos week after week -- and still nothing happens. It is unbelievable.

It's as if America, with its militarized police, 'free speech zones' and target rich poor communities, has become an occupied country -- but nobody bothered to tell US.

The FBI says police departments have been infiltrated by white supremacists. What has been done to find them and get them out?

There needs to be more transparency from the police and they need to accept input from their communities.

It seems that the police have agreed to turn against the citizens in order to protect rich people's property, and in exchange they are not ever prosecuted for wrongdoing.

I disagree with you on one point, RMDC. The police HAVE received training -- in exactly what to say and do to ensure they do not face charges, including planting false evidence.

There is a veneer of normalcy in the US that belies the fact we are no longer free; we seem to have lost all, or nearly all, the rights of citizenship.

But don't dare disrespect the flag. THAT will get you in trouble.
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2016-09-25 18:41
Quoting librarian1984:
It boggles the mind that Obama is so silent as man after man gets shot in cold blood.

Blacks have been telling us for decades about this abuse and we should have acted then. When we saw the video of Rodney King getting beaten I thought some action would finally be taken, but no. Now we see these videos week after week -- and still nothing happens. It is unbelievable.

It's as if America, with its militarized police, 'free speech zones' and target rich poor communities, has become an occupied country -- but nobody bothered to tell US.

The FBI says police departments have been infiltrated by white supremacists. What has been done to find them and get them out?

There needs to be more transparency from the police and they need to accept input from their communities.

It seems that the police have agreed to turn against the citizens in order to protect rich people's property, and in exchange they are not ever prosecuted for wrongdoing.

I disagree with you on one point, RMDC. The police HAVE received training -- in exactly what to say and do to ensure they do not face charges, including planting false evidence.

There is a veneer of normalcy in the US that belies the fact we are no longer free; we seem to have lost all, or nearly all, the rights of citizenship.

But don't dare disrespect the flag. THAT will get you in trouble.

- for at last implicitly backing hill's lifelong struggle for civil rights! big of you! thanks!
 
 
-1 # Robbee 2016-09-25 18:54
Quoting RMDC:
Obama and Attorney General Lynch will have to take the lead on this

- what's the difference between greens and dems? - ask prez rump!
 
 
+3 # Vardoz 2016-09-25 14:31
This is not just about this one event. This is about the thousands of innocent African American citizens that have been murdered by police who were never charged. A policy of using lethal force first is a license to kill! We do not live in Nazi Germany and we should and will not tolerate the murdering of innocent men, women and children of color in what has become a slow moving genocide of our African American brothers and sisters. This is immoral, inhumane and against our constitution and civil rights! More people die from police murders than any terrorist attacks. We have to wage a huge public outcry to make this outrage stop!!!!
 
 
0 # Robbee 2016-09-25 18:47
Quoting Vardoz:
wage a huge public outcry to make this outrage stop!!

- not to mention supporting hill for prez
 
 
0 # Citizen Mike 2016-09-26 15:43
An actor named Isaiah Washington has suggested a general strike for all African American workers, to stay home on Monday as a widespread and effective protest. That is a very good idea!

It is clear that the police today are being trained to kill people, not to catch them, and they now kill them even when they are caught because they are taking the position of an army at war, not a civilian law enforcement team. Many of them are veterans of Bush's wars and continuing at home what they learned to do abroad, which is to sneer at the humanity of nonwhite populations and casually kill whomever they please. That is why this kind of horror is increasing. We must stop it and change the police culture back to that of law enforcement, not warfare.
 

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