Friday, September 23, 2016

Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too

The following excerpts are taken from the NY Times article "Keith Scott’s Family Sees Videos of His Killing, and Says the Public Should, Too" (Sept 22, 2016)

>> [...] On Thursday night, hundreds of people gathered at an intersection in central Charlotte, holding signs and chanting “We want the tapes!” in a peaceful demonstration.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts ordered a midnight-to-6-a.m. curfew, the first since the unrest began.

Some protesters marched to the police station and held a moment of silence, fists raised in tribute to a man who was fatally shot during the previous night’s protest and to those killed by the police. They marched to the county jail and chanted for the inmates behind little slatted windows. Some inside blinked their lights off and on in apparent solidarity.

Later, Interstate 277 was shut down as demonstrators went onto the roadway, and the police fired smoke to try to disperse the protesters.

Mr. Scott’s death touched off violence in Charlotte on Tuesday and Wednesday nights. As hundreds of National Guard troops and State Police officers fanned out across the city on Thursday in an effort to head off further violence, Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police brushed aside demands by activists, community leaders and the news media to make the police video public.

“We release it when we believe there is a compelling reason,” he said. [...] <<


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