The Charlotte community has erupted in fury over the death of Keith Lamont Scott.
It’s been a week since a police officer gunned down Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, leading to violent protests and overwhelming anger, and things don’t appear to be calming down anytime soon. Protesters swarmed a Charlotte City Council meeting on Monday night and changed “no justice, no peace,” and one little girl stood up to rip on them.
Zianna Oliphant, the little girl who spoke, cried as she spoke. “We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this, we shouldn’t have to protest but y’all are treating us wrong,” she said according to a USA Today report. “We do this because we need to and we have rights.”
Scott was shot to death by a black officer, Brentley Vinson, who was placed on administrative leave. Protesters angrily demanded to see the police video of the shooting, which the police chief initially declined to do but later relented. However, Scott’s family wants more video from the scene released.
The police chief acknowledged there was no proof of a gun in Scott’s hand in the video, which is what police officers claim. But he said that there is something in his hand that he points at officers — although he made that claim before the video was actually released.
Speaker after speaker hammered the council over what they claimed was a complete lack of caring about the issue. They argued that the city was not doing enough to protect black people, and that there was zero trust between the African-American community and police.