To quash unrest, release police video
If the police narrative in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott is accurate, then the police should release supporting camera footage to the public so the counter narrative can be quashed.
This will calm fears and dilute the anger.
People aren’t upset with police for the sake of being upset with police. They are upset because they believe police have done wrong.
Produce video evidence supporting the officer’s actions so we can move beyond this unrest.
Tony Lowe, Huntersville
Way I see it, CMPD failed to do its job
While we don’t have all the facts yet on the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, we do know the following:
CMPD had a warrant for someone not named Keith Scott. Scott was openly carrying either a book or a handgun. Openly carrying a book or handgun is legal in North Carolina.
Openly carrying a book or handgun does not permit officers to violate Fourth Amendment rights.
In one way or another, CMPD failed to do its job properly. This led to yet another black man being killed by police.
This is both intolerable and a national disgrace.
Alex Whitworth, Union Mills
Years of frustration are bubbling up
We find ourselves at a defining moment in confronting race relations in our community and our country.
Many of us hoped that laws alone would be enough to quell the hatefulness of racism.
Sadly, that is not the case as more people of color find themselves confined to the frustration of covert racism and segregation.
I realize it is difficult for many to grasp what is happening, but it is the frustration of so many bubbling to the surface which years of suppression can no longer contain.
By no means is it an excuse for violence or destruction of property, but only through dialogue will we find our voices to overcome.
Benjamin Cook, Charlotte
I see only excuses from black leaders
In response to “African-American leaders losing patience after latest shooting” (Sept. 22):
These “leaders” say they are tired of the double standards.
I’m tired of some in the black community not listening to police. If you obey the commands, then no one gets hurt.
We have a black president and a black attorney general and they have done little for their community but make excuses.
Larry Cook, Charlotte
Saddened by what I see coming from N.C.
Watching tear gas in Charlotte with sadness.
North Carolina’s reputation as a beacon of conciliation is destroyed by recent political craziness.
Just because one can doesn’t mean one should.
Hope the state can move back to wisdom, rationality and inclusion.
Darryl Williams, Santa Fe, N.M.
Take Furman’s suggestion on HB2
In response to “An HB2 compromise that works for all” (Sept. 22 Opinion):
Yay – a very good solution to the standoff on HB2 was proposed by op-ed writer David Furman.
It’s not contingent on Raleigh rescinding HB2.
We hope they’ll do that of course, but Charlotte, let’s go ahead and pass a compromise anyway to get the dialogue started and give Raleigh lawmakers the opening they need to rescind HB2 so we can get Charlotte and North Carolina back in business.
Julie Tuggle, Charlotte
Mayor Roberts, stay the course on HB2
Mayor Roberts, please don’t waste your time trying to negotiate with Gov. McCrory and other Raleigh regressives on HB2.
Continue in your good efforts to protect decent, honest citizens from their bigotry and discrimination.
The primary interest of your opponents in Raleigh is to garner the evangelical vote. Come November, other decent, honest N.C. citizens will effectively deal with the regressives.
Stay the course. Don’t be distracted by another instance of bigotry and discrimination.
Kenneth Scalf, Mocksville
Expect HB2 fallout to linger for years
This latest act of political theater will eventually end, but lawmakers from across the state are going to remember it for a long time.
The legislature controls the checkbook. So, the mayor and city council better not be too smug.
One day they’ll trek up to Raleigh and beg for funding for their latest pet project and they’ll be shocked when they’re turned down.
There’s always an encore when you’re watching political theater.
Steven Swicegood, Charlotte