Zianna Oliphant brushed back tears as she told the Charlotte City Council Monday evening that fear and violence should not be a part of childhood in the Queen City. Oliphant was one of more than 50 speakers to pour out their raw emotions in the aftermath of the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
“We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this, we shouldn’t have to protest but y’all are treating us wrong,” Oliphant told a packed council chamber.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts has invited the U.S. Department of Justice to monitor the CMPD’s investigation into Scott’s shooting. Roberts wrote in an op-ed in the Charlotte Observer:
“Our city must be more open, honest and transparent in investigating police shootings if we are to restore trust.”
The mayor is also calling for the repeal of a new state law set to go into effect on Saturday that prohibits releasing dash and body camera footage to the public without a court order.
Click here to read Roberts’ full op-ed. Click below to watch Zianna Oliphant’s emotional two-minute appeal.