Charlotte, USA demonstration against police violence, 24 September

This video from North Carolina in the USA says about itself:

Charlotte Clergy and NC NAACP Demand Release of Police Video in Shooting Death of Keith Lamont Scott

September 22nd, 2016 – After two nights of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II and the NC NAACP join local Clergy to present eyewitness reports of the events and to call on the Charlotte Police Department to release the videos of the Scott shooting in order to resolve lingering questions and to discern the truth of conflicting stories.

An email today from North Carolina in the USA says:


A call to mobilize 1,000s against police violence

Saturday, September 24th | 1pm

March starting from Marshall Park in Uptown Charlotte | 800 East 3rd St.

All ages, rain or shine

Invitation from The Tribe CLT and Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective

Come to Charlotte this Saturday to stand with us and gather together.

On Tuesday, our brother and neighbor Keith Lamont Scott was killed by Charlotte police. He was sitting in his car, reading a book, and waiting for his son to come home on the school bus. We believe he was profiled and killed by police, and that CMPD is not telling the truth about his murder.

Tuesday night, Charlotte police attacked a grieving community with riot police and tear gas. Wednesday night, Charlotte police fired into a crowd, seriously injuring a protestor and inflaming our grief.

Today, our city is occupied by the National Guard and we are in a State of Emergency!

Charlotte, the latest city to be wrecked by police violence against Black people … is a national crisis. We need to end this epidemic now! Let’s show the nation that we stand against police violence that targets Black people and our communities. Let’s show that Charlotte, and the nation, will no longer tolerate the routine murders of Black people by an unaccountable system of policing.

Come to Charlotte to make a historic stand and to demand dignity and respect for Black lives.

We are: Charlotte Tribe, Charlotte Trans and Queer People of Color Collective, Charlotte SURJ, Ignite NC, Black Youth Project-Durham Chapter, Beloved Community Center, Youth Organizing Institute, Southern Vision Alliance, Durham Solidarity Center, Workers World Party, Queer People Of Color Collective GSO, NC TROUBLMakers, Million Hoodies, Black University.

USA: Trevor Noah Gets Real on Police Shootings: Black People Aren’t ‘Crazy’. ‘The Daily Show’ host turns serious while discussing yet another spate of police shootings: here.

Another e-mail from the USA today says:

Terence Crutcher‘s car stalled by the side of the road.1 Keith Lamont Scott was waiting for his son to be dropped off from school.2

Both men were Black. Neither posed a threat to anyone. And both were shot dead by police.

This. Must. Stop.

And, the killings won’t end until we build enough grassroots power to force change. That’s why we’re teaming up with a coalition of progressive organizations to help raise as much money as possible for the Movement for Black Lives fund.

Will you chip in $5 today? Your donation will go directly to the Movement for Black Lives fund.

The Movement for Black Lives is made up of dozens of organizations that coordinate actions, messages and campaigns, standing together for justice, human dignity, and the shared goal of ending all forms of state violence against Black people.

And the shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott—as well as Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and so many other unarmed Black people—demonstrate once again why their work is so critically important.

Terence Crutcher was unarmed and had his hands up when Officer Betty Shelby killed him. Then, Tulsa police stood by and watched him die without providing help.

Keith Lamont Scott’s family members say he was reading a book in his car, and even the Charlotte police chief has admitted that the video that the police refuse to release provides no evidence that Scott pointed a gun at officers, as they originally claimed.3

Will you chip in $5 to the Movement for Black Lives fund to help demand an end to these shootings? Your donation will be used to organize and build grassroots political power needed to force an end to racial injustice and police violence.

Thanks for speaking out.

–Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Onyi, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Megan, Libby, and Emma, the UltraViolet Action team


1. Video of Terence Crutcher’s police shooting may be “the worst we’ve seen” yet, Mic, September 19, 2016

2. Keith Lamont Scott: Protests erupt over police killing, Al Jazeera, September 21, 2016

3. Keith Lamont Scott’s family will view police video, but the department won’t release it publicly, ThinkProgress, September 22, 2016

THE US National Guard have arrived in Charlotte, North Carolina, with armed-to-the-teeth state troopers lining the streets and turning the city into a war zone against the black working class: here.

In Charlotte, North Carolina, protests continued on Friday over the brutal police killing of Keith Lamont Scott, 43. Local and state officials announced a curfew earlier this week and have deployed riot police using tear gas and the National Guard against demonstrators. As political officials and the city’s police department debate whether or not to release police video of the shooting in an effort to defuse social tensions, a nail in the coffin of official lies came Friday with the release of cell phone video shot by Scott’s wife. Rakevia Scott can be heard pleading with police not to shoot her husband, shouting that he does not have a weapon, that he had a traumatic brain injury, and had just taken his medication. The video also shows Scott after the shooting, prone on the ground, without a gun at his feet as appeared in subsequent photos, suggesting that police may have planted evidence: here.

Jeronimo Yanez, the police officer who brutally shot and killed Philando Castile last year during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota, has been found not guilty on all counts: here.

Dashcam video of Philando Castile shooting released; Seattle police kill pregnant mother of four: here.

12 thoughts on “Charlotte, USA demonstration against police violence, 24 September

  1. Friday, 23 September 2016


    THE GOVERNOR of North Carolina declared ‘a state of emergency’ yesterday after two nights of protests in Charlotte following the police shooting of an unarmed black man, Keith Lamont Scott.

    The National Guard has now been drafted in, which will undoubtedly escalate the crisis.
    A statement read out to the media from the governor’s office said: ‘Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency upon the request of Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Chief, Kerr Putney.

    ‘The governor has also initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement. The State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.’

    During clashes on Wednesday night, a protester was shot and gravely injured and is now on life support. Eyewitness Gloria Meriweather alleged: ‘I was there. We were running past the SWAT team when the person running next to me fell.

    ‘I looked back and half of his head was blown off. From that moment on we were all just really shocked, trying to get him medical attention, which was also blocked by the SWAT team. The entire reason that people were protesting to begin with was because an unarmed black man was shot, and again tonight in the middle of our protest an another unarmed black man was shot.’

    43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, a disabled black man, married with seven children was shot by police on Tuesday. He had parked his car in the shade, waiting for his son at the bus stop to come home from school, like he did every day.

    The police, claimed he was ‘armed’ when he got out of his car, however Keith Lamont Scott’s daughter said: ‘The police shot my daddy four times for being black. They said that my daddy had a gun and that is why they shot him. My daddy did not have a gun, he did not have a gun.’

    Dash-cam footage of the incident will be viewed by Charlotte’s mayor but not released to the public, the city said. Keith Lamont Scott is the third black person to be killed in the US by police in a week. On Wednesday September 14th, 13-year-old Tyre King was shot and killed by police in Columbus. And on Friday September 16th Terence Crutcher, an unarmed 40-year-old, was shot dead by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, despite him having his hands up.


  2. Saturday 24th September 2016

    posted by Morning Star in World

    US PROSECUTORS charged an Oklahoma policewoman with manslaughter on Thursday over last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, which sparked angry protests.

    Tulsa city officer Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher after his car broke down in the middle of a road.

    Court documents alleged that she “reacted unreasonably by escalating the situation from a confrontation with Mr Crutcher, who was not responding to verbal commands and was walking away from her with his hands held up, becoming emotionally involved to the point that she overreacted.”

    Meanwhile, the North Carolina city of Charlotte saw a third night of protests over Tuesday’s shooting of black man Keith Lamont Scott, despite a curfew and the deployment of National Guard troops on the streets.

    Police allowed peaceful demonstrations demanding the release of police video footage of the shooting to continue past the midnight curfew.

    However, several dozen protesters who tried to block a motorway were pushed back by riot police.


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  7. Thursday 22nd June 2017

    posted by Morning Star in World

    THE family of a mentally ill pregnant black woman shot dead by police in Seattle on Sunday have called for justice.

    Three of Chareena Lyles four children were at her flat — within a complex for former homeless families — when she called police over a burglary.

    Seattle police claimed that she had brandished a knife while officers were at the scene.

    Police knew Ms Lyles was mentally unwell as she had been arrested for threatening officers with shears less than a fortnight earlier.

    Detective Patrick Michaud said Seattle officers are required to carry a less-lethal weapon — either a Taser, baton or pepper spray but neither officer had a taser.

    Her family’s lawyer James Bible said: “The officers knew she was vulnerable.”

    In Minneapolis, police finally released the video of 2016’s fatal police shooting of black school dinner hall worker Philando Castile after he was stopped for a faulty brake light.
    After Mr Castille said he was carrying a licensed handgun, Officer Jeronimo Yanez calmly told him not to draw it before suddenly firing seven times into the car.


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