On Tuesday, a white officer in Charlotte, NC shot a black man, Lamont Scott, and with the tensions this country already has, this is like pouring kerosene on a brush fire. The officer is on administrative leave, but answers need to be given as soon as possible as a crowd of rioters took to the streets last night and attacked law enforcement.
At least 12 police officers that responded to the riots on Tuesday night were injured, and that’s way too many. I understand all the facts are not in but when law enforcement is being attacked like this, the National Guard is not too far behind to restore law and order. Someone in leadership that has the respect of the people should be speaking and holding things down.
Honestly, to hear anything from Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton right now is just political expediency and doesn’t offer a pathway to solving anything.
From Fox News:
Authorities used tear gas to disperse protesters, officers were injured and a highway was shut down during protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, over the fatal shooting of a black man by police who said he was armed and posed a threat.
The protests broke out Tuesday after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot by a black officer at an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side. They continued into early Wednesday morning, when TV footage showed dozens of protesters on Interstate 85 apparently looting semi-trucks and setting their contents on fire on the highway.
Neither the North Carolina Highway Patrol nor Charlotte police could immediately be reached for comment. The North Carolina Department of Transportation website showed a portion of I-85 near UNC Charlotte was closed in both directions early Wednesday. The website said the closure was due to police activity.
Tuesday night, a larger group of demonstrators gathered near the scene of the shooting. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department tweeted that demonstrators were destroying marked police vehicles and that approximately 12 officers had been injured, including one who was hit in the face with a rock. Photos and TV video showed police firing tear gas to break up the crowd. Some officers were in riot gear.
By 5 a.m. Wednesday, the streets were quiet with no protesters in sight. Broken glass and rocks littered the ground where a police car had been vandalized. Less than 5 miles away, wooden pallets barricaded the entrance of a Walmart that had apparently been looted.
Watch the video report here:
On a side note, it would be great if people would stop defending criminals and let police and courts do their job instead of breaking more laws in protest of something where they dont have the facts. In which 99% of the time its proven the police were justified. Stop breaking laws, resisting arrest, and act like a decent human being.
What do you think of the incident in Charlotte? How can this be fixed? Share your comments below and let me know what you think.