Charlotte Protesters Have Made a List of Demands
Charlotte Protesters Have Made a List of Demands
Charlotte, North Carolina – The past week has been a straight mess. Betty Shelby shot Terence Crutcher in Tulsa and charges were filed before the investigation was complete. People lost it because the helicopter crew member said Crutcher looks like a bad dude. Then the Charlotte officer shot Keith Scott, who was armed, and told over 10 times to drop his gun. The mainstream media reported it as a “Disabled Black Man Shot by Police While Reading a Book in his Car”, which resulted in dozens of injuries, lots of property damage, and the death of a protester.
A follower of our Facebook page sent us a picture of a list of demands from a group called “Charlotte Uprising”. We honestly thought it was a joke at first until we took a look at their website.
Here is their list of demands, along with our thoughts.
“1. THE IMMEDIATE END TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY, CURFEW & THE REMOVAL OF THE NATIONAL GUARD”
Contrary to what you may think, the national guard isn’t activated just because they’re bored. They normally reserve mobilization for natural disasters, like when thousands of homes are destroyed and hundreds of thousands of people are displaced from floods. But unfortunately, because a bunch of overgrown children threw a temper tantrum before waiting for a thorough investigation and the release of solid evidence, they have to come babysit Charlotte.
“2. THE IMMEDIATE DEMILITARIZATION OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE IMMEDIATE RETURN OF ALL MILITARY EQUIPMENT ”
We’re going to assume that you’re talking about the riot gear with this one. Again, that wouldn’t be necessary if people didn’t throw cinder blocks at police and destroy millions in property.
“3. THE DEFUNDING OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT (2017 Budget: $246,644,617) AND THE REDIRECTION OF THOSE RESOURCES TO THE NEEDS OF OUR COMMUNITIES (INCLUDING RESOURCES FOR JOBS PROGRAMS, AFFORDABLE QUALITY HOUSING, TRANSPORTATION, HOLISTIC HEALTH AND QUALITY SCHOOLS)”
I’m pretty sure that you don’t like how police are trained right now, correct? You’re probably also not a big fan of people breaking into your house and taking your things. De-funding the police department means that there will be less officers on the streets. It also means that those officers would lose valuable training money.
“4. AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO THE KILLING OF KEITH L. SCOTT AND AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE CHARLOTTE MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT BY THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE AND A FREEZE ON THE NEARLY 1.5 MILLION DOLLARS AWARDED IN FEDERAL GRANTS ANNUALLY TO THE DEPARTMENT”
The North Carolina Bureau of Investigation is already on it. Again, taking away a police department grants takes officers off the streets and takes money from valuable training.
“5. A RELEASE OF THE POLICE REPORT AND BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE CONNECTED WITH THE KILLING OF KEITH L. SCOTT & ALL OTHER KILLINGS TO THE PUBLIC AND IMMEDIATELY REPEAL OF HB 972, WHICH RESTRICTS THE ABILITY OF THE PUBLIC TO ACCESS POLICE BODY CAMERA FOOTAGE”
They released all of it. He had a gun. Officers told him to drop it several times.
“6. THE IMMEDIATE AND UNCONDITIONAL RELEASE OF ALL THOSE ARRESTED IN CONNECTION WITH THE UPRISING RESULTING FROM THE KILLING OF KEITH L. SCOTT & THE DROPPING OF ALL CHARGES”
Are you joking? No. Take responsibility for your actions. No-one forced those people to terrorize the public. I guess you want to free Justin Carr’s killer too.
“7. THE RELEASE OF ALL THE NAMES OF THE OFFICERS INVOLVED IN THE KILLING OF KEITH L. SCOTT TO THE PUBLIC FOLLOWED BY THEIR FIRING, ARREST AND PROSECUTION”
They released the name of the officer that fired the shots. I don’t see them firing, arresting, and prosecuting officers that shot an armed felon who was given a dozen chances to drop his gun.
“8. REPARATIONS FOR THE FAMILY OF KEITH L. SCOTT AND ALL VICTIMS OF POLICE VIOLENCE AS WELL AS THE FAMILIES OF THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN KILLED”
Honestly, the way thing go these days, they probably will get paid in some way, shape or, form. Just like how child abuser Korryn Gaines’ family is suing police for a few million.
“9. COMMUNITY CONTROL OF THE POLICE, STARTING WITH THE CREATION OF A CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT BOARD THAT HAS THE POWER TO HIRE AND FIRE OFFICERS, DETERMINE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS AS WELL AS DICTATE POLICE POLICIES, PRIORITIES, AND BUDGETS. THE BOARD SHALL NOT INCLUDE POLICE REPRESENTATION AND WILL BE CONTROLLED BY COMMUNITIES MOST IMPACTED BY POLICING AND INCARCERATION IN CHARLOTTE”
How are people who want to de-fund the police, who know nothing about policing, who have never been through any type of law enforcement training going to run a police force? Here’s an idea, become a police officer and help your community however you see fit.
“10. AN END TO THE REPRESSION & TARGETING OF PROTESTORS AND ALL THOSE ENGAGED IN THE CHARLOTTE UPRISING”
There were plenty of peaceful protests that the police weren’t worrying about. Perhaps, and this is just a thought, if some “protesters” didn’t try to drag a journalist into a fire then they wouldn’t target protesters. The police weren’t repressing peaceful protests, they were repressing the idiots that were destroying Charlotte.
Terrorists and bank robbers are the only people that make lists of demands. How about, instead of making demands, you go volunteer for one of the many peaceful organizations on your “Solidarity” page? Go on a ride-along with a police officer to experience it first hand.
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