Charlotte ‘s NAACP leader in an interview with CNN said it doesn’t matter whether or not Keith Scott had a gun on him when he was shot and killed by a black police officer.
Scott’s death has sturred violent protests in Charlotte North Carolina after his family reported that Scott was holding a book. It was later revealed the man who was killed, Keith Lamont Scott, exited his vehicle with a firearm, disobeyed orders and police officers believed he posed an imminent deadly threat. But before all the facts surfaced, the protests have turned violent.
But the president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP, Corine Mack, said it doesn’t matter if Scott had a gun — even though Scott was disobeying police orders with a weapon in his hand.
“I think the most important part is the contrast in him having a book versus a gun. But in my mind and in most of the community’s mind, it really doesn’t matter if he had a gun,” Mack explained.
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“At the end of the day we have the right under the Second Amendment to carry here in North Carolina,” she said. “And [the police’s] responsibility was to engage him in a more deescalated way, to find out if he had a permit for his gun and allow him to go on his merry way and he would still be living today. That’s not what happened.”
“So I don’t want anyone to walk away from this conversation today thinking that a video showing he had a gun in any way says that he was guilty of anything,” concluded Mack.
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