The violent riots continued in Charlotte, North Carolina after a law enforcement officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott on Tuesday prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.
The second night of protests started after conflicting reports of the victim’s death went public; one by the police – who were at the scene which said the victim had a gun, and another given by Scott’s relatives – who were not at the scene, but said Scott only had a book. The protesters did NOT want to hear about any evidence from law enforcement officials; they were there to protest what they called police injustice towards blacks and the falste claims of police brutality.
Wednesday night in Charlotte one civilian was critically injured by another civilian and is on life support. In addition, at least 4 policemen were injured in the protests as well.
H/T Daily Mail:
On Thursday morning, hotel and restaurant employees and security guards started cleaning up dozens of broken windows after protesters smashed buildings and painted the slogan ‘Black Lives Matter’ on walls.
Demonstrators were also seen breaking into a convenience store and a shop that sells merchandise for the NBA franchise, the Charlotte Hornets . Others set fire to trash cans.
Some protesters expressed anger at the lawlessness exhibited by fellow demonstrators. One woman was heard shouting, ‘Stop – that’s not what this is about,’ as young men broke bottles in the street.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said he has declared a state of emergency and is sending in the National Guard and Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement in the city.
‘I want to assure the people of North Carolina that our SBI [State Bureau of Investigation] has already been assisting the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department throughout the last 24 hours,’ he said in a statement on Facebook.
‘Upon a very recent request of Chief Putney, the State Highway Patrol is sending in troopers to further help the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.’
He added: ‘Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated. I support and commend the law enforcement officials for their bravery and courage during this difficult situation.’
Once again, these protesters feel they have the right to destroy public property, just because they feel blacks have been racially discriminated against and that there has been injustice by police. Destroying public property that has NOTHING to do with the Keith Lamont Scott’s crime. These idiots do NOT have the right to throw rocks and chairs through windows of businesses and loot them. just because they feel “Black Lives Matter”.
All lives matter! Including the lives of those police officers who are trying to restore peace from this stupid violence. If people want to have a prayer vigil or a peaceful protest – that’s their right! But when protesters start destroying public buildings, breaking windows, and looting places, they are the REAL ones committing crimes and they need to be arrested!
Our prayers go out to all those in Charlotte, especially those officers who are there to “protect and serve” the community and to others who were there for a “peaceful demonstration” and just wanted to have a prayer vigil.