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“Black Lives Matter” Protesters Respond to Charlotte Shooting

Haley VanderHaar

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Charlotte, North Carolina experienced chaotic riots throughout the streets late Tuesday night (9/20), after Keith Lamont Scott, 43 year old, black male, was shot and killed by a black police officer, Brentley Vinson.

Police were searching for a different suspect at the complex, when they witnessed Scott exit his vehicle with a handgun. Police officers yelled for him to drop his weapon (this corroborated by witnesses), and eventually Officer Vinson shot and killed Scott, because Scott ‘became a threat’.

Scott’s family claimed that Scott was parked in his car, outside of the apartment complex, reading a book as he waited for his son. The family stated that Scott was unarmed and only had the book in his possession. But there was no book found at the scene.

Later that evening, the streets became a rallying point for many protesters, and eventually evolved into a full on riot. The chant “Black Lives Matter” was passed around the crowd throughout the night. Footage displayed protesters stealing from semi-trucks and burning the contents in the street. A Walmart, just five miles away, was boarded up, apparently after being robbed. A police officer’s vehicle was vandalized.

A reported 16 police officers were injured, 7 people were hospitalized, and 5 people were arrested. Members of the community stated that it appears as if black lives do not matter to others, as Mr. Scott’s seven children must experience the rest of their life without a father.

Sophomore Alison Jaen said, “All lives matter, not just black and white.”

If it were a white male who was shot, would the media make it into the story that this situation has become? If the roles were reversed, would the public would most likely remain silent? If yes, then this is something our country needs to address. Mr. Scott was not innocent in this situation, because he defied police authority as he gripped his gun… both aspects of a threat. This mentality that the action policemen take against people, specifically black people, is a racist statement, that is something we have created within our heads. Yes, black lives matter, but not only black lives…all lives matter. We cannot turn every arrest, or shooting, or public threat into an example of “police brutality” or anti “black lives matter.” If we want this struggle to end, we must band together as one, and not tear one another down. Because a country divided is only a country made up of many, a country united becomes a nation of one.

 

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