The riots began when a peaceful protest over the death of a black man shot by a police officer suddenly turned ugly.
State of Emergency in Charlotte
In what will surely become a topic for the pending election debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, State of Emergency Declared in Charlotte as Protester Shot.
Authorities in North Carolina have declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard after protests over a deadly police shooting turned violent for a second night.
Pat McCrory, governor of the southern state, made the announcement late on Wednesday as groups of demonstrators smashed windows and started fires in Charlotte, the state’s largest city.
The demonstrations began as a peaceful prayer vigil for Keith Scott, a black man who was killed by police on Tuesday. Officers said Mr Scott was carrying a firearm — a claim denied by neighbours and family. However, the commemoration turned violent after a splinter group marched downtown and a participant was shot by an unknown assailant.
“The main thing I am doing is providing assets to the police department,” said Mr McCrory after declaring the state of emergency.
As its biggest city, Charlotte is one of North Carolina’s most important political battlegrounds, a place where Democrats need a strong showing among African-Americans and Republicans need to win over independent white suburbanites.
Mr Trump this week said “our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever.”
The Clinton campaign said the police shootings were the latest in “a disgraceful series of insults toward the African-American community”.
Why So Many Bad Cops?
I have not investigated this shooting so I have no specific position at this time. In general, I am willing to say there are plenty of bad cops.
Why? The explanation is the same as the answer to this question: Why are there so many bad teachers?
Public union rules make it impossible to get rid of bad cops and bad teachers.
Trump is correct when he stated “our African-American communities are absolutely in the worst shape that they’ve ever been in before. Ever, ever, ever.”
If he gave one of the primary reasons, public unions rules and their untenable pension promises, his election chances would have immediately plunged.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock