Crowd in Char­lotte as­sails mayor and City Coun­cil

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. — A fu­ri­ous crowd of cit­i­zens crit­i­cized and of­ten shouted down the Char­lotte City Coun­cil Mon­day night, call­ing for res­ig­na­tions across the city and chant­ing, “Hands Down! Shoot Back!” and “No Jus­tice, No Peace!”

Char­lotte Mayor Jen­nifer Roberts re­peat­edly had to stop the meet­ing, plead­ing for quiet. Some­times the crowd qui­eted to al­low peo­ple to speak. At other times, her re­quests were met with heck­les and chants for jus­tice.

Mon­day’s meet­ing was the first held by coun­cil mem­bers since last week’s fa­tal po­lice shoot­ing of Keith La­mont Scott, which led to days of protest through­out the city.

Hours be­fore the meet­ing, Roberts said in an op-ed that the city’s “lack of trans­parency and com­mu­ni­ca­tion” about the re­lease of video footage in the shoot­ing of Scott “was not ac­cept­able.”

She also said she asked the U.S. Jus­tice De­part­ment to mon­i­tor the state’s in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the fa­tal shoot­ing. Roberts also called for a re­view of the de­part­ment’s use-of-force poli­cies.

“Our city must be more open, hon­est, and trans­par­ent in in­ves­ti­gat­ing po­lice shoot­ings if we are to re­store trust,” she wrote.

More than 40 peo­ple spoke Mon­day about the Scott shoot­ing and the city’s han­dling of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and protests.

Some speak­ers were near tears. Oth­ers chanted and shouted down Roberts, who ran the meet­ing. Some called for her and Char­lotte- Meck­len­burg Po­lice Chief Kerr Put­ney to re­sign.

“I’m here to ask for Chief Put­ney’s and your res­ig­na­tion, Mayor,” said speaker Henry Lee. “The way it was han­dled, the se­crecy, the lies. We don’t de­serve this. Peo­ple are los­ing their lives.”

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A man walks in a Calais, France, mi­grant camp. Pres­i­dent Fran­cois Hol­lande said Mon­day the camp, known as “The Jun­gle,” must be dis­man­tled by the end of the year, ad­dress­ing a ma­jor is­sue ahead of next year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

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