Scott’s actions left police no choice
The writer is a Gaston County police officer.
It is amazing that some citizens and media continue to label Keith Scott’s death as a “questionable shooting.”
It has become clearer by the day that the tragic events were exactly as CMPD said one week ago and that Mr. Scott was not reading/carrying a book.
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Scott’s actions left police no choice.
By repeatedly ignoring their orders, Scott made it clear that he had no regard for their authority.
While I’m sorry for Scott’s family, I am grateful that Charlotte has not spent the past week mourning the loss of one, or more, of its police officers.
Jeff Kaylor, Mount Holly
Whites responsible for plight of blacks
This shooting has put a spark to the underbrush that has been piling up for 50 years.
This cannot be talked away. Whites are responsible for the plight of blacks.
No training, no affordable housing, and handing them welfare all these years made some blacks helpless.
So what are we going to do? The powers that be need to meet with the powers that aren’t and work out a plan that will lift blacks out of poverty and crime.
James Mulcahy, Charlotte
I applaud actions of mayor, police chief
In response to “Furious crowd assails Mayor Roberts, council” (Sept. 27):
The protests seen last week in our city are rare; looting is even rarer.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney are to be commended for their leadership, restraint and actions.
Police were extremely patient, engaged in dialogue with protesters, and allowed citizens to march peacefully.
Reflect deeply about what occurred in our city last week and restrain yourself from throwing the first stone.
Frank Harrington, Charlotte
Romain stepped up when city needed it
In response to “Public defender Romain tries to keep the peace amid tensions” (Sept. 25):
Kudos and heartfelt thanks to Toussaint Romain for voluntarily stepping up to keep Charlotte’s demonstrations peaceful and positive.
Like Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Romain knows the value of peaceful demonstration.
Valerie Davis, Charlotte
Keep dash cams, they provide crucial view
Keep dash cams, they provide crucial view
In response to “CMPD reconsiders plan to phase out dash cams” (Sept. 26):
I urge that police dashboard cameras be retained.
The police vehicle is a stable support for the equipment and grants a much wider view than the cameras that officers wear. Those cameras are easily dislodged and are of little help in interpreting any action.
Donna Bernard, Statesville
Clinton, Trump in it for themselves
In response to “Clinton, Trump bait each other” (Sept. 27):
During the debate I was thinking about the Founding Fathers.
They were willing to sacrifice everything they had to confront the most powerful empire in defense of their principles.
Monday we witnessed two politicians willing to sacrifice their country and every important principle to benefit personally.
Both candidates enriched themselves over the last 25 years, while America now faces almost $20 trillion in national debt.
Are we really going to elect either of those two candidates to the Oval Office? If it happens, it’s not their fault but ours.
Kenan Porobic, Charlotte
Donald sees forest fire, Hillary just trees
Real debate issues are free enterprise through democracy vs government-controlled business, peace through strength vs peace through surrender, and solving racism through self-help responsibility vs welfare.
Birther talk and Donald Trump’s taxes aren’t issues.
Trump identified the forests on fire, while Hillary described pretty domestic and foreign trees.
Ed Mesko, Charlotte
Amid all the bad news, a kind gesture
While at a store Monday, the young man next to me and I exchanged pleasantries.
He noticed that I use oxygen. His father had pulmonary fibrosis, he said, but had passed away.
As he left he patted my shoulder and said “hang in there.” It was heartwarming that a young man stopped to comfort an old man having some difficulty in his life.
I’m certain his father would be proud of him.
In spite of all the bad in the news lately, I wanted readers to know there is also a great deal of good.
Jim Walker, Matthews