An emotional young girl named Zianna Oliphant addressed the frustrations of the dozens of attendees at a Charlotte City Council meeting who demanded justice over the death of Keith Lamont Scott and the resignations of Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney.
Zianna grieved for the weakening relationship of the police and the African-American communities in Charlotte. With tears running down her cheeks she stated, “It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore. It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears. We shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”
“I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte,” Oliphant added. “And I never felt this way till now and I can’t stand how we’re treated … We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights.”
Meanwhile, more than 50 protesters in the said event chanted, “No justice, no peace” and held on “Black Lives Matter” signs with the names of the alleged victims of police brutality in the city.
On the other hand, the black officer who shot Scott, Brentley Vinson, was put on administrative leave. The State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case, and Roberts said the Department of Justice will monitor the probe. A few minutes of the shooting were released on Saturday, yet Scott’s family has demanded the entire video from the scene.
Moreover, the Charlotte police said Keith Scott was armed with a handgun and deemed a threat when he was shot, but his family argued that he was merely reading a book. Heated protests followed afterwards in the city.