Opinion Roundup: Charlotte protests and disruption

Posted September 23

Release the Charlotte police video (New York Times) -- Elected officials who have paid any attention to the killings of civilians by the police that have roiled several cities in recent years should understand that keeping the public in the dark heightens tension and undermines trust in law enforcement.

Charlotte video is key to quelling violence (Fayetteville Observer) -- And now it's Charlotte.The Queen City has joined the list - a sad, long and growing one - of cities rocked by unrest after police shoot and kill an African-American.

Charlotte police should share video of of Scott shooting (Charlotte Observer) -- Did Keith Lamont Scott have a gun in his hand when officers confronted him in a University City apartment complex parking lot Tuesday afternoon?

Charlotte we didn't, but should, recognize (Charlotte Observer) - This week, Charlotte became one more visibly troubled city in America, another place that’s endured anger in the wake of a shooting involving police and a black person.

Justice won't be achieved through rioting and looting (Wilmington Star-News) -- People have a right to protest; they have a right to be enraged by what they believe is an injustice. They do not, however, have a right to damage property, loot businesses and attack other people, as has happened in Charlotte.

REV, BARBER: Charlotte is drowning in systematic injustice (NBC News column) -- There is unrest in Charlotte because of what we know. We know that the law, as written and enforced, cannot protect us from police violence. We know Darryl Hunt and Henry McCollum, two in a long list of African-American men wrongfully convicted in this state. We know our criminal justice system does not function to protect black life, but to control it. We also know, since the Supreme Court upheld a lower court's ruling on August 31st, thatGovernor Pat McCrory, former mayor of Charlotte, targeted African-Americans with "almost surgical precision" when he signed a 2013 voter suppression bill. When the highest court in the land declared the law intentionally racist, McCrory made no apology. His party's chairman doubled-down by trying to use the state Board of Elections to limit the number of polling places in areas where African-Americans generally vote.

Night of violence (Greensboro News & Record) -- Charlotte was battered three times in a week.


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