District Attorney announced Wednesday afternoon that officer Brentley Vinson won’t be charged in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, prompting protestors to prepare to hit the streets of Charlotte tonight.
“Charlotte Uprising” announced on Twitter that they will be gathering outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters Wednesday evening.
“As expected the pigs of CMPD see nothing wrong with their continued murders of black people,” the group’s Tweet read. They also said they plan to organize outside the police head quarters at 6:45 P.M. to “shut that shit down!”
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According to Charlotte city officials, other community members plan to gather at 3 p.m. to “allow expression in a safe, unbiased, welcoming space” at the Belmont Community Center, north of uptown.
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Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot on September 20th after stepping out of a SUV parked outside his University City apartment with a gun and ignored multiple police commands to drop it. His death sparked two nights of mass riots.
To their credit, Scott’s family released a statement Wednesday asking that any protests remain peaceful.
“We respectfully ask that you please keep any protests that may occur peaceful,” the family said in their statement. “Responding to violence with violence is never an appropriate response. This is just one more step in our quest for justice.”
According to the Charlotte Observer
, police spokesman Rob Tufano said in an email that CMPD officers have been put on alert and will work 12-hour shifts beginning Wednesday in case violent demonstrations occur.“CMPD will be staffed appropriately and will communicate any relevant information concerning demonstrations that may have an impact on business,” Tufano said.Charlotte Center City Partners have urged uptown building managers to take precautions including removing or chaining down tables, chairs, signs or planters; consider adding private security staff; and tell tenants, employees and guests to be vigilant.
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