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Official Statement from the Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice


September 22, 2016

Keith Lamont Scott. He has a name. He has a family. He has children including a son who loved him and expected him to be waiting for him after school.  

He had one precious life. 

We send our love, our sorrow and condolences to the Keith Lamont Scott family. We send our love to all of our neighbors who call the Village at College Downs home.

We are clergy serving in Charlotte, a city we love and cherish. It is the place we call home and it is a city that is broken. Let us be clear: the events of Tuesday night did not begin on Tuesday. These events are a part of a long system of racism. This systemic racism denies the humanity of some of our residents and tears at the fabric of our nation. We are no strangers in Charlotte to this violence. We have borne witness to the deaths of Lareko Williams, Janisha Fonville, Jonathan Ferrell, and many more unnamed here. 

We are leaders representing many faiths, seeking both peace and justice. We know in the words of Ella Baker, “we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.”

We will not rest until change is made. We will not rest until all uniformed police officers wear body cameras and leave them on. We will not rest until HB 972 is overturned. We will not rest until we can describe a father, avid book club member, neighbor and friend as first a child of God. We will not rest until Chief Putney releases the video footage before the law takes effect on October 1st. We will not rest until there are no more bodies in the streets. 

With eyes pointed toward the arc of the moral universe, and bodies committed to its bending toward justice,

The Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice

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