According to this article, the protests continue in Charlotte, NC, but that the violence has gone down. That’s a welcome sign for Charlotte-Mecklenburg in the aftermath of the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.

According to the article, “Protesters flocked to Charlotte for a third straight night Thursday in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that might resolve the different accounts of the shooting death of a black man. There were contentious moments between demonstrators and police, but it was a far cry from the looting and destruction that was seen Wednesday night. Local officers’ ranks were augmented by members of the National Guard carrying rifles and guarding office buildings against the threat of property damage.”

While that’s definitely a step in the right direction, it isn’t definitive proof that Charlotte-Mecklenburg will soon be quieted down. I wish it was but it’s just a good first step.

Last night was relatively peaceful compared with Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s because “Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts signed documents Thursday night for the citywide curfew that runs from midnight to 6 a.m.” State troopers were also brought in to help with crowd control.

That means North Carolina didn’t make the same mistakes that Jay Nixon made in Ferguson, MO or that Stephanie Rawlings-Blake made in Baltimore, MD.

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2 Responses to “Is Charlotte quieting down?”

  • Chad Q says:

    First, you need to get the terminology correct. These were not and are not protestors, they are rioters. Protestors carry signs, chant, and march down the street and these people shot other people, burned and looted bossiness’ etc.

    Second, funny how people calm down when actual force is shown that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

    Lastly, a news story was just released saying there was a gun found at the scene and the dead man’s DNA was on it. I’ll wait for the “protestors” to apologize to Charlotte for the damage they did.

  • Gary Gross says:

    Actually, protesters is part of a quote so I’d better keep that as is. Had I written a commentary, rest assured that I would’ve called them rioters because that’s what they were.

    I’ll wait on the gun found at the scene & that the dead man’s DNA was on it. A high percentage of these types of stories turn out not to be true. I’ll wait until there’s confirmation from law enforcement.

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