Walter Scott’s family speaks against violence in Charlotte

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Walter Scott was shot and killed by a North Charleston police officer and footage of that incident has been seen around the world. Charleston remained strong and peaceful, unlike what we have seen the last two nights in Charlotte. Walter’s brother, Anthony Scott, says there is a problem that needs to be addressed, but the violent reaction in Charlotte is not the answer.

He says, “I still think that the violent protest does not get our point across. I still believe in that. I still believe that’s a mistake because you’re destroying your neighborhoods, you’re destroying property that you own, and you have to rebuild all these things. I don’t think that’s the way to go.”

He says he does believe there is a problem that needs to be addressed peacefully.

Scott says, “I fear right now being stopped by a police officer. I am afraid to make a call to a police officer to have them just to come by right now, because I don’t know how it’s going to turn out. It’s not turning out in our favor these days.”

He says Charlotte should look at the way protests were handled in Charleston following the Walter Scott shooting and massacre at Emanuel AME.

Scott says, “To the people in Charlotte, I would just like to say, we do not want to resort to violence. But, we definitely want our voice to be heard. We want them to see our pain and our hurt and our fear.”

Anthony Scott says there is no family connection he is aware of between his family, and Keith Scott in Charlotte. Anthony did say  he will be in Charlotte this weekend for the Panther’s game and is hoping to speak to some of the protesters and encourage them to choose a more peaceful way to express their anger.

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