Weekly Wrap: Charlotte takes over news cycle

Posted September 23, 2016

— The Queen City was at the center of the news this week, with a police shooting on top of the usual dispute over House Bill 2.

The Tuesday afternoon shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer touched off two days of rioting followed by more days of peaceful protests. It also renewed debate over North Carolina's new law governing the release of police body camera and dashboard camera video when police refused for several days to release video they said showed Scott had a gun and refused to drop it when ordered by police.

The incident became political as every action taken by Gov. Pat McCrory was viewed through the lens of his re-election campaign.

Republican 9th District Congressman Robert Pittenger also created a stir when he told a BBC reporter that blacks were protesting in Charlotte because "they hate white people because we're successful and they're not."

Before the shooting, Charlotte was embroiled in the latest dispute over House Bill 2. Legislative leaders over the weekend dangled a possible repeal to the controversial law dealing with LGBT rights if Charlotte first rescinded its transgender nondiscrimination ordinance. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts quickly scotched that deal, saying the General Assembly didn't need Charlotte to act if it wanted to get rid of House Bill 2.


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