"Speak Out" is an expression of opinion from the Editorial Board of WBTV, and is presented by General Manager, Scott Dempsey.
Charlotte City Council says it has a plan of action in response to the Keith Scott shooting, that sparked days of social unrest in Charlotte. To address people's anger and frustration, city council spelled out what it was going to do in the form of a letter. Those action items include: creating 5-thousand additional housing units in 3 years… addressing the need for better paying jobs and opportunity for people in the community who don't have direct access to those.
City council is going to devote one million dollars to develop a workforce program, which will also include job training, coaching and youth mentoring. The city's action plan also included approval to review CMPD procedures relating to the Keith Scott shooting and community engagement.
Our question to Charlotte City Council is: Shouldn't these things have been happening already?? These are all platforms you were elected into office to tackle! Why did it take people kicking in glass windows, blocking interstate traffic and setting fires to make this a priority? We hope this is not setting a dangerous precedent that it's going to take social unrest to recognize what is lacking and needed in the communities you have been elected to serve.
It's a step in the right direction to see city council hold itself accountable and put the actions it plans to take in writing. Accountability and listening to constituents should be a daily expectation before issues reach a boiling point again.