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NAACP releases list of demands in response to Charlotte shooting

Posted September 26, 2016

— The NAACP issued a list of demands Monday evening in response to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and other similar incidents.

Members of the North Carolina NAACP State Conference along with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg branch of the NAACP and the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice met at the Little Rock AME Zion Church in Charlotte for the call to action.

In their list of demands, the NAACP called for major criminal justice reform, and for the topic to be addressed at presidential, gubernatorial and senatorial debates, for media outlets to broaden their analysis of violence “to include social violence inflicted by extremist policies such as the denial of Medicaid expansion and living wages.

On Sunday, NAACP President Rev. William Barber said the organization is not convinced that the shooting of Scott was justified, based on what the dash camera and body camera footage released over the weekend show.

Reading the list of demands, Barber called for the immediate release of any footage relating to Scott's death that may still be in the custody of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department or the State Bureau of Investigation. Barber also called for an independent investigation by the Department of Justice into Scott's death and into the pattern and practices of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department with all findings made public.

The NAACP also called for accountability for officers who were wearing body cameras at the scene when Scott was shot but who did not have the cameras turned on at the time.

The American Civil Liberties Union made a statement Monday saying it stands with those who want all dash and body camera footage released.

“In the interest of full transparency, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police must stop releasing information on a piecemeal basis and disclose all remaining body and dash camera footage as well as of audio dispatch recordings of the moments before and after Mr. Scott was killed,” said a statement from Susanna Birdsong of the ACLU of North Carolina.

Barber said the NAACP also wants federal standards developed regarding the use of lethal force including training for police officers, psychological screenings and removal of officers with a propensity to overreact.

"We are not anti-police. We are anti-murder by police, we are anti-police brutality, we are anti-police violence," Barber said. "We protest because we will not allow race to be a trigger for death."

The NAACP also called for the repeal of House Bill 972, which blocks the public from accessing police video recordings.

"That bill requires a court order to release footage of police recordings, thus shrouding in secrecy a system already distrusted by the public," Barber said. "It would be good and you would feel much safter if you knew that the police cameras were on. But why have them on and not have access to them?"

Other demands also included a call for local citizen review board with power to receive complaints from the general public and conduct independent investigations as well as discipline law enforcement officers for misconduct.

The NAACP also called on Rep. Robert Pittenger to do more than apologize for his statement that the Charlotte protesters "hate white people, because white people are successful and they're not.'

The NAACP on Monday also made a call to action to get people registered to vote, which they say is a move important in justice reform.

A number of activists and residents took to the podium at Monday night's Charlotte City Council meeting to announce a list of their own demands. Some called for the resignation of Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. Others demanded an end to the state of emergency and the removal of the National Guard from the city.

Some asked City Council members to do more to protect their citizens.


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  • John Lobenstein Sep 27, 2016
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    Creative victimology.

  • William James Sep 27, 2016
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    NC is so backwards, we spent millions for police body cameras that the police decide to not even turn on and/or intentionally place them in a location that can allow them to obstruct the view with there body, clothing, or position. Then if that don't cover it up, well the Governors new law that forbids public access will guarantee the public will never see it. Do you actually think the Police will release a video of a Cop illegally killing someone?

  • Ann Byrd Sep 27, 2016
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    In other words, NCAACP believe that black criminals should be left alone to continue being criminals with no consequences. Let them rob, kill, or anything else they want. I think its time to take a stand against the NCAACP.

  • TJ Wahoo Sep 27, 2016
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    Possession of a concealed, stolen handgun is a crime. Even the wife had reported it in a domestic violence report against him. Then she tells the world he did not have a gun. And some wonder why law enforcement reacts with deadly force? They have to see the world as if everyone had the potential to have a weapon on their person. Follow the law, listen and obey the instructions of the LEO, and no one will bust your chops. When you break the law, the least you can do is accept responsibility for your own actions. Blaming society, the country, law enforcement, politicians, your upbringing, etc., etc., etc., is a broken record. No one wants to hear it anymore.

  • Forest Hazel Sep 27, 2016
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    The NAACP does not seriously address the issue of Black on Black crime because it is not politically advantageous to do so. They would then have to address problems in the Black community like the disintegration of the Black family, rise of gangs, drug use, etc. which would be a political minefield for them. Black lives don't matter much to the NAACP, unless it fits their self-serving racist agenda.

  • Ken Ackerman Sep 27, 2016
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    It's difficult to tell for certain but it appears to me that Mr. Scott's hands were empty as he walked backwards. His movements also lead me to think that he was confused.

    We can't make any assumptions about his previous record influencing police decisions since Mr. Scott was not the person officer's were looking for and it's unlikely they knew who he was much-less anything about his past.

  • Eric Atkinson Sep 27, 2016
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  • Justa Mann Sep 26, 2016
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    I'm going to try to put myself in the position of the officers on the scene.

    I'm confronting a man with a gun. He could turn that gun on me at any second and fire. It only takes a second. I need to protect myself and find cover. I need to be ready to defend myself and others if need be. But first I have to turn my body camera on.

  • Buster Brown Sep 26, 2016
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    Who are these people to DEMAND anything? They are citizens ilke the rest of us---they are not some semi-divine collection of groups whose very words in some quarters carry the weight of heaven. What they seek is a simple one step process to determine guilt and punishment--let a white cop shoot a Black man--its automatic guilt. Even in the Charlotte case in which a Black officer shot the guy--didn't make one bit of difference--he was a cop therefore he's guilty ..The African American community since before the days of desegregation have been saying 'we want to be part of the greater society"---but they also say, wait a minute you can't hold us to the same standards of the law as everyone else-=we're special and set apart. In essence, your laws don't apply to us. What a pure crock.

  • John Townsend Sep 26, 2016
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    Can we at least agree that Scott was indeed armed and the gun wasn't planted as part of some broad conspiracy? The video isn't clear but an ankle holster was recovered and it is seen in the video.
    I would like to see more accountability when cops fail to have the body cam on. Eventually, these need to record the whole shift or at some other method to make it hard for a cam to be off when needed.