Strife in Charlotte, NC
Since summer 2014, America has been convulsed with a protest movement known as “Black Lives Matter“, which claims that police officers are among the greatest threats — if not the greatest threat — to black males and ‘people of color.’ The latest hysterics resulting from this ‘narrative’ comes out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Last night one activist was shot and gravely wounded by a rioter, and four police officers suffered injuries, after what was initially a peaceful rally in response to the fatal police shooting of a black man, Keith Scott (who was packing a Glock and posed a ‘threat’ to officers), turned riotous for the second day in a row, as protesters threw rocks and bottles at police in riot gear, smashed windows and doors, and looted stores in downtown Charlotte. Officers fired rubber bullets, tear gas, flash-bang grenades and used pepper spray to disperse the crowd. City officials said the police did not fire on ANY victims with live ammunition. Several reporters and random protesters on the street were attacked as police in riot gear linked arms, marched toward the anarchists and deployed tear gas. As a result of the ongoing tumult, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency and dispatched the National Guard and State Highway Patrol to Charlotte on Thursday to help restore peace.“Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property will not be tolerated,” McCrory said in a statement. Charlotte’s mayor Jennifer Roberts considered imposing a curfew and Bank of America told its thousands of employees at its 60-story downtown complex to stay home Thursday. The good news is that the city appeared to be calming down this AM, and according to the AP, hotel, restaurant employees and security guards have started cleaning up dozens of broken windows and damaged properties.
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