Friday, September 23, 2016 by Mary Wilder
Following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer, the once beautiful Queen City of Charlotte, North Carolina, has become a riot-infested war zone.
While a few eyewitnesses have claimed that Scott was armed with a book, the Charlotte Police Department maintains that the man was actually armed with a gun and that not book was found at the crime scene. Despite the fact that the investigation is still ongoing, many locals have engaged in protests — both peaceful and violent — in response to Scott’s death.
Sadly, as is almost always the case with protests involving members of the Black Lives Matter movement, supposedly peaceful protests have evolved into violent, dangerous riots. Stores are being looted, people are being assaulted and chaos is around every corner. In Charlotte, it seems as though nobody is safe from the rioters that continue to put innocent lives at risk for their own selfish reasons.
This is not a matter of protesting. You can protest peacefully without causing more violence and heartbreak. These people are not protestors — let’s make that completely known — they are rioters. Things have gotten so bad that Governor Pat McCrory has declared state of emergency. The National Guard has reportedly been called in to relieve the situation. Of course, it’s likely to get a lot worse before it gets any better. That’s simply the nature of these kinds of protests.
In response to an act of violence, even more violence has followed. Wills Robinson and Martin Gould of Daily Mail report, “One of the demonstrators was shot in the head outside the Omni Hotel and is fighting for his life. Two police officers also suffered eye injuries … A cameraman and reporter for WCNC-TV were also attacked while a CNN correspondent was body-slammed during a live broadcast.”
Protestors are fighting each other and the police as well as trying to kill reporters who are simply trying to do their jobs. The city is burning down — both figuratively and literally — and nobody seems to have any answers for it. There are no answers for the chaos in Charlotte the same way there were no answers for the chaos in other cities across the United States that experienced similar tragedies.
We’re living in extremely dangerous times, folks. Nobody is safe out there. The only way to better your chances of survival is to be prepared for the absolute worst. Because the absolute worst is coming.