NAACP calls for specific demands after Keith Lamont Scott shooting
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - More than a hundred people sat in the pews of Little Rock AME Zion Church Monday evening to listen to the NAACP's call for change. Reverend William Barber laid out 13 specific demands they want to see met after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott last week.
"We call for immediate release and disclosure of any remaining video footage," Barber said.
Along with that, the lists includes a request for an independent DOJ investigation, the demilitarization of police and an end to police brutality, but Scott's name wasn't the only one brought up.
"We call for the retrial of Randall Kerrick, the officer responsible for killing Jonathan Ferrell," Barber said.
Barber passionately told the crowd why they were making these demands.
"We are not anti-police, we are anti murder by police. Be very clear," he said.
Priscilla Hoyle has decided to go on strike from her job at Bojangles' until she sees the change she wants.
"I'm tired of all the killing. Every time you turn around someone else is getting killed," she said.
Protester Jemia Outlaw believes the NAACP's demands hold the only key to opening the door to peace in Charlotte.
"I think they're good demands that would be good for this city and all across the world really if it could spread," Outlaw said.
Another request is a direct call for Congressman Robert Pittenger to make a public statement on the "real criminal justice state of emergency" after his controversial statement went viral last week.
WBTV asked County Commissioner Pat Cotham which demand she thought was most important.
"I don't think one is more important than the other. They're all important," Cotham said.
Cotham seriously questions CMPD's decision to use lethal force on Scott.
"He did not have to die. Police nationwide take down terrorists and take down criminals who do diabolical things and they get them alive," Cotham said.
Many in attendance Monday night believe the city's anger won't go away until their demands are met.
"There's a state of emergency in racism, a state of emergency in poverty," Barber said, "A state of emergency in inequality."
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