Charlotte girl weeps over police shootings at city council meeting

girl-weeps-over-police-shootings-at-charlotte-meeting(CNN) — A young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting.

Petite in size, with braids in her hair and hearts on her t-shirt, Zianna Oliphant collected herself and delivered her message loud and clear.

“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore,” she said with tears streaming down her face.

“It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears. We shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”

Zianna made her tearful statements during a highly-charged, emotional City Council meeting — the first after protests over the police shooting of Keith Scott.

Charlotte residents packed City Hall, delivering blistering criticisms for how Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city’s police handled the death of Scott, an African-American man who was shot by an officer last week.

Furor over his death broke out into protests, which turned violent on two nights, in which one man died.

Scott died on September 20 as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers attempted to serve a warrant to another man at an apartment complex. As officers passed through the complex’s parking lot, they encountered Scott, 43, who was exiting his car.

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16 Responses to Charlotte girl weeps over police shootings at city council meeting

  1. TheWarner says:

    Well, I’m crying right now. Oh, God that was rough to watch. So sad to see a CHILD hurt and in tears over issues that she shouldn’t have to be concerned with at her age or in her lifetime..

  2. Ametia says:

    Good Morning , Everyone. Another gorgeous say in the mountains with my sisters!

  3. Dear Department of Justice

    Arrest all officers involved in the killing of #KeithLamontScott. Arrest & charge all involved to obstruct justice.

  4. Our children are traumatized from police killings of mothers and fathers.

  5. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    My heart breaks for Zianna.

    She has the makings of a future leader.

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