400 UNCC protesters show ‘solidarity against racial injustice’ Wednesday

Students, faculty march Wednesday on the campus of UNC Charlotte
Students, faculty march Wednesday on the campus of UNC Charlotte UNC Charlotte

More than 400 marchers gathered on the UNCC campus Wednesday in what was called “a show of solidarity against racial injustice.”

School officials said both students and faculty participated in the march, which is the latest in an eight-day stretch of community protests staged over the Sept. 20 fatal police shooting of Keith Scott, an African American man who lived in the University City area of Charlotte.

Police have said Scott was armed and refused to follow police commands in the minutes before he was shot outside a University City apartment building. Neighborhood residents dispute that account and say Scott was unarmed.

The march began about 11:45 a.m., with students gathering behind Atkins Library. The racially diverse group marched around the campus without incident, officials said.

Recruiters for the activist group Charlotte Uprising participated, seeking volunteers and donations to help that movement. The group describes itself as a coalition of community members, and local and state organizers who advocate for police accountability and transparency. The group also seeks social and economic equity.

“We encourage our students to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly. It’s part of their university experience,” UNCC spokesman Stephen Ward said in a statement. “Protest is peaceful and spirited and unifying.”