Not releasing CMPD video fueled riots
Denying the public’s desire to view video of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott shows arrogance and disrespect by police and the mayor.
Societies across America no longer accept that kind of condescension from government.
The riot in Charlotte could have been prevented if the police would have shown respect for the citizens and shown the video.
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Instead, we get a police department more interested in self-preservation, showing blatant disdain for the public’s interest and demands.
That is unacceptable.
Keith Turner, Charlotte
No such thing as partial transparency
CMPD Chief Kerr Putney says he never said “complete” transparency.
So what we get in Charlotte is incomplete transparency?
I guess this happens when the police chief tells you what the video – that you and I can’t see – shows.
I mean how could I possibly be trusted to draw my own conclusions?
Morry Alter, Charlotte
We ignore rule of law at our own peril
In response to “If Scott did have a gun, was that reason enough to order him to drop it” (Sept. 22):
This article about N.C. gun laws misses the point.
Though circumstances surrounding the tragic shooting death of Keith Scott are still under investigation, any encounter with a police officer necessitates that we watch both our mouth and our actions and do as the officer asks.
We are a country that abides by the rule of law, and we have determined that our officers of the law are employed and empowered to enforce that rule.
Should we choose to ignore that, we do so at our own peril.
Tim Eichenbrenner, Charlotte
City waited too long to accept help
In retrospect, much of the violence in Charlotte could have been averted if Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Chief Kerr Putney had done two things.
First, accept the governor’s offer of additional resources to help quell violence when it was offered Wednesday morning.
Second, immediately release any and all video documentation of the shooting to the public to show what really happened. What good is a body camera if it is not used?
Ed Carlson, Charlotte
CMPD must require body cams for all
CMPD should require all officers wear body cameras and do daily shift inspections to ensure that it happens. No excuses.
Fuzzy dash-cam video is no longer acceptable. An officer’s “version” of events is no longer acceptable.
Let the video and audio tell the correct and unbiased truth.
Leslie Vaudin, Arden
First step: We as a nation must disarm
I applaud the work police officers do everyday to keep us safe.
At the same time, I am sympathetic to those who feel some police have gone beyond the law.
One part of the solution is that we voluntarily disarm.
If police did not have to worry about guns pointed at them, I imagine they would be delighted to keep their guns holstered.
Children would not be killed weekly with guns they find at home. Violence in our neighborhoods would be reduced.
Please, let’s get rid of our guns and start talking peacefully.
David Vickers-Koch, Charlotte
City needs to get tough on looters
The Black Lives Matter movement is nothing but a bad joke. There is no basis for this movement.
I am so ashamed of the City of Charlotte for not arresting all those who broke the law, blocked the streets, and burned and looted.
Shame on the City for handling these law-breakers with kid gloves.
Get tough on these law-breakers!
Dean Carlson, Charlotte
One solution: Bring back trade schools
When I was a young man in Massachusetts there were many high school trade schools. Then, they went away.
We as a nation need them back. We as a nation need plumbers, electricians, mechanics, etc.
I believe this would help raise all nationalities – Black, Hispanic and others – to a good living wage and self-pride.
Robert Cowdrey, Gastonia