While protests continue in Charlotte, North Carolina, a veteran weighed in with a profound statement. For two nights now, protests erupted over the police shooting of a black man.
The city’s police chief told reporters Thursday that he has no intention of releasing dashcam video of Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting “to the masses” and added that “transparency’s in the eye of the beholder.” “If you think we should display a victim’s worst day for public consumption, that is not the transparency I’m speaking of,” he added.
The North Carolina Governor issued a state of emergency.
One veteran explained to a reporter exactly why he’s protesting. “I’m out here protesting injustice,” he said. “I’m from the military. This is my one year anniversary of being a civilian and since I’ve gotten out, the only thing I’ve heard is of unarmed shootings.”
“My biggest question to them is, ‘what is y’alls protocol?,'” he asked. “What makes you shoot a man who doesn’t have a weapon in his hand? We don’t even have those rules in Afghanistan and we’re at war. So you mean to tell me we can come home and do that to our own people but I can’t do that in the country we’re at war with?”
“That makes no sense to me so that’s why I’m out here protesting,” he continued. “That’s why I’m out here letting them know I am a veteran. It makes no sense at all. So it’s either the training or they have to hire new people,” he added.
Tensions are running high in Charlotte. Police dispersed tear gas. Again, a state of emergency was declared by Gov. Pat McCrory. Oddly, though, a state of emergency is never announced in the wake of police officers shooting American citizens. Weird, isn’t it? Release the dashcam footage then we’ll believe this wasn’t another ‘thug’ deserving of a violent death at the hands of a police officer. Because after all of the other shootings, this is not going to fly without seeing the footage.
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