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Charlotte Girl on Police Brutality: 'I Can't Stand How We're Treated'

Charlotte's 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant wept as she delivered her speech

(Newser) - The shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott last week hit hard in Charlotte, NC. But someone who's feeling particular distress over it is young Zianna Oliphant, who spoke at a Charlotte City Council meeting Monday evening, addressing a hushed room with tears streaming down her cheeks as she spoke... More »

Gun Allegedly Found on Keith Scott Was Stolen: Sources

And the man who allegedly stole it claims he sold it to Scott

(Newser) - "Multiple sources" tell WBTV the gun Charlotte police say they found on Keith Scott after he was fatally shot by an officer had been reported stolen. Not only that, but sources say the man who allegedly stole the gun in a burglary claims he sold it to Scott. Scott... More »

Charlotte Police Release Video of Shooting

It does not show Keith Scott pointing a weapon

(Newser) - In a reversal of course, police in Charlotte on Saturday released bodycam and dashcam footage from the fatal shooting of Keith Scott. (See it here via the Washington Post .) In addition to the video, police also released a photo of the gun they say was spotted in Scott's... More »

Family of Keith Scott Releases Video of Charlotte Shooting

The video was taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott

(Newser) - The public received its first look at footage of the shooting death of Keith Scott at the hands of Charlotte police when lawyers for his family released cellphone video Friday showing the moments before and after he was killed, NBC News reports. The video was taken by Rakeyia Scott and... More »

NC Lawmaker: Charlotte Protesters 'Hate White People'

Rep. Robert Pittenger has apologized after accusations of racism

(Newser) - A congressman has apologized for his eye-raising comments about the protesters in Charlotte during a TV interview Thursday, but that's hardly quelling accusations of racism. Asked about the protesters, Republican Rep. Robert Pittenger—who represents North Carolina's ninth congressional district, which covers parts of Charlotte—told BBC Newsnight... More »

Charlotte Cop Videos Raise 'More Questions Than Answers'

City is calmer on 3rd night of protests

(Newser) - Relatives of Charlotte man Keith Lamont Scott have seen police body camera videos from the scene of his shooting—and reached a very different conclusion from police. Family attorney Justin Bamberg tells the Charlotte Observer that the family has "more questions than answers" after seeing the videos, which he... More »

Charlotte Police: No 'Definitive' Video Proof Man Pointed Gun

Family and neighbors have said Keith Scott was unarmed when shot by officer

(Newser) - Body camera footage from the scene shows no proof Keith Scott pointed a gun at anybody before being shot and killed by an officer Tuesday in Charlotte, the Charlotte Observer reports. "The video does not give me absolute, definitive visual evidence that could confirm that a person is pointing... More »

State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte

'My heart bleeds for what our great city is going through'

(Newser) - North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in Charlotte after a second night of protests over the police shooting of a black man turned violent and the city's police chief said he needed the help. A peaceful prayer vigil turned into an angry march... More »

One Person Shot During Protests in Charlotte

Victim was not shot by police, says city

(Newser) - Protests in Charlotte over Tuesday's police shooting of a black man turned violent on their second night Wednesday—one person was shot and seriously wounded, reports the Charlotte Observer . (Initial reports that the man was dead have been walked back; he is reportedly on life support.) City officials... More »

Charlotte Police Say Man Killed Had a Gun, Not Book

Family of Keith Scott says the father of 7 was shot by officers while holding a book

(Newser) - Police say they found a handgun—but no book—at the scene where Keith Scott was shot and killed by an officer Tuesday afternoon in Charlotte, CNN reports. Family says the 43-year-old father of seven was reading a book in his car while waiting for his son to get out... More »

Charlotte Erupts as Cops, Seeking Suspect, Kill Another Man

Cops say Keith Lamont Scott had a gun; family says it was a book

(Newser) - Yet another American city has erupted in protests after a fatal police shooting. Police in Charlotte, NC, say around a dozen officers were injured late Tuesday and early Wednesday after a man was shot and killed in the parking lot of an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon, CNN reports. Police say... More »

Trooper Kills Deaf Man After 7-Mile Chase

But authorities won't say what led to Daniel Harris being shot

(Newser) - A family is left searching for answers after a deaf man was shot and killed by a North Carolina state trooper last week, CNN reports. Daniel Harris, 29, was driving on the interstate near Charlotte when a trooper attempted to pull him over Thursday. Harris didn't stop, and the... More »

In Major Turnaround, Trump Admits Regrets

He says some remarks have caused pain

(Newser) - In a development that may have had some onlookers scanning the sky for flying pigs, Donald Trump expressed regret Thursday night for things he has said. "Sometimes in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don't choose the right words or you say... More »

Pilot Takes On Belligerent Man Who Shoved Flight Attendant

'You don't put your hands on my flight attendant!'

(Newser) - A Kentucky man who was dragged kicking, yelling, and spitting off an American Airlines flight last month after allegedly attacking crew members was banned by a US District Court judge Monday from flying on commercial flights as he awaits trial, the Charlotte Observer reports. A video shot July 21 by... More »

North Carolina Loses NBA All- Star Game Over Anti-LGBT Law

It was expected to put $100M into Charlotte-area economy

(Newser) - The NBA, following through on a threat made months ago, has pulled the 2017 All-Star Game out of North Carolina over concerns about the state's anti-LGBT legislation , USA Today reports. “We were frankly hoping that they would make some steps toward modifying the legislation, and frankly I was... More »

Ex-NASCAR Driver, Daughter Jumped After NC Concert

Mike Wallace says 3 men assaulted him, grown daughter after Rascal Flatts show

(Newser) - A former NASCAR driver and his grown daughter found themselves in a fight Friday night with three men outside a Rascal Flatts concert, police in Charlotte, NC, confirm to USA Today Sports . Mike Wallace, 57, had just left the PNC Music Pavilion with his family when a verbal spat went... More »

'Miracle' Preemie Is One of Smallest Babies Ever

E'Layah Faith Pegues' parents never lost hope

(Newser) - A North Carolina couple celebrated their daughter's original due date Tuesday—almost 14 weeks after she was actually born—as well as the fact that she's beat the odds and is now thriving. Little E'Layah Faith Pegues was born prematurely on Sept. 23 weighing just 10 ounces,... More »

Breastfeeding Mom Shot While Fighting Intruders

Semantha Bunce is recovering; one man has been charged

(Newser) - Home invaders messed with the wrong woman in Charlotte, NC. Semantha Bunce, a 21-year-old Army National Guard combat medic, was breastfeeding her 4-month-old son in her bedroom when she heard the doorbell just before 10am last Tuesday, reports WSOC . Seconds later, intruders kicked in the door and opened fire, leaving... More »

NC Church Gets 'Simple but Powerful' Gift: 18 Cents

Anonymous homeless man's gesture touches officials

(Newser) - The note was as simple as the five coins that accompanied it: "Please don't be mad I don't have much. I'm homeless. God bless." Rather than anger officials at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte, NC, the words scribbled on the back of an envelope... More »

'Spectacular Fall' of Charlotte's Ex-Mayor Is Complete

Patrick Cannon admits to corruption charges

(Newser) - Metaphor alert: The former mayor of Charlotte, NC, literally fell today as he walked to court to plead guilty to corruption charges. And a bit later, the guilty plea itself was "the coda to a spectacular fall" for Patrick Cannon in city politics, reports the Charlotte Observer . The 47-year-old... More »

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