Tillis on Violent Protests in Charlotte, ACLU Calls for Police Footage in Fatal Shooting

Published Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 12:02 pm

Compiled by Jesse Wood

On Tuesday afternoon, a Charlotte Police Department officer shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott. Later on Tuesday, protests erupted. See reaction from Sen. Thom Tillis and the ACLU inside.

Read a timeline of the shooting and protests here.

Tillis Statement On The Violent Protests In Charlotte

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement:

Tillis

Tillis

“The response to the shooting that occurred yesterday was utter chaos that resulted in the looting of private property and injuries to the very officers who were working to protect the safety of the protestors. It was an embarrassing moment for the city that was only redeemed by the brave men and women of the CMPD who demonstrated incredible composure, which likely prevented the violence from escalating further.

“Charlotte is better than this, and I hope that the mayor and other city elected officials will join Chief Putney in demonstrating leadership that is guided by the facts and not political considerations of a given day.”


ACLU Calls on Charlotte Police to Release Video Footage of Keith Lamont Scott Shooting

CHARLOTTE – The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of North Carolina today called on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to release any body or dash cam footage that captured yesterday’s police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the 194th Black person killed by U.S. police this year. Police say Mr. Scott was shot and killed while officers were trying to execute an arrest warrant for a different person.

ACLUA new North Carolina law, HB 972, will prevent law enforcement agencies from releasing body camera footage in the public interest without a court order, but the law does not take effect until October 1. All Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers are supposed to be equipped with body cameras while on patrol and the cameras should be in use any time an arrest is made, according to department policy.

Karen Anderson, Executive Director of the ACLU of North Carolina, released the following statement:

“We join the people in Charlotte and across the nation in sending our deepest condolences to Mr. Scott’s family. We demand a full investigation into why yet another Black person in the United States has died at the hands of a police officer. The public and Mr. Scott’s family deserve answers, and we urge the State Bureau of Investigation and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation.

“In the interest of transparency and accountability, and particularly in light of conflicting accounts about the shooting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department should quickly release any and all footage it has of the events leading up to the shooting, as well as the shooting itself. The department should also explain why the officer who shot Mr. Scott was not wearing a body camera.

“HB972, the disgraceful law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly and signed by Gov. Pat McCrory that prevents law enforcement agencies from releasing body camera footage without a court order, does not take effect until October 1. As we seen elsewhere, video footage of police shootings can provide crucial evidence of what took place – especially when there are conflicting accounts from police and community members. Charlotte should set an example for North Carolina by releasing footage of the shooting promptly before the obstacles imposed by the new state law take effect.

“What we already know is that far too many people of color are victims of wrongful targeting and excessive use of force by law enforcement officers across the country, and last night we were once again harshly reminded that North Carolina is not immune to that reality.”


Roy Cooper on Events in Charlotte

Cooper

Cooper

RALEIGH, N.C.—N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper released the following statement:

Violence will not bring justice. I urge everyone in Charlotte tonight to heed the call for peaceful demonstration.

We must come together as a community to get answers and find a better path forward.

Already tonight we have seen civilians, police and emergency responders injured. This must stop.

I’ve spoken to Mayor Roberts and have offered her the full assistance of the N.C. Department of Justice.

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