Demonstrations carried on in Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday night after police released video showing the fatal shooting of Keith Scott. Julie Noce reports.
Police videos released, protests continue in Charlotte
Demonstrators marched again in Charlotte, North Carolina Saturday night hours after police release videos of the fatal shooting of 43 year-old Keith Scott.
Protesters have gathered every day since the Tuesday shooting to demand police release the body-cam and dashboard videos.
The images show Scott walking backwards from a white vehicle with his arms by his sides when he is shot.
Police have said he was carrying a gun at the time but his family and protesters have disputed those claims.
The controversy over Scott’s death has made Charlotte the latest flashpoint in two years of tense protests over U.S. police killings of black men, most of them unarmed.
Protesters have compared the determination of the Black Lives Matter movement of recent years to the civil rights movement in the ’60’s.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) 69-YEAR-OLD GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA RESIDENT, EFIA NWANGAZA, ON BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT COMPARED TO CIVIL RIGHTS ERA, SAYING:
“The similarities that I think that I see is a commitment to self determination, black self determination on a level that I haven’t seen since 1966 where black people are not afraid to claim what we believe to be in our interest and our right to assert that claim.”
Members of the United Nations Human Rights Council are set to discuss a recent report by a U.N. working group that compared recent police killings of black people in the U.S. to lynchings from the 19th and 20th centuries.