Watch This Little Girl From Charlotte Discuss Police Shootings & Feel Your Heart Break — VIDEO
Protests are ongoing in the city of Charlotte, North Carolina, after yet another controversial police killing of a black person. In this case, a man named Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot, and while police said he was holding a gun, subsequently released video shows no clear evidence that he ever threatened the officers. A community is in upheaval, and during a city council meeting, a young child made her feelings known — watch this little girl from Charlotte discuss police shootings, though in all honestly, you might feel a little too heartbroken to get on with your day.
That's the point, of course. With dozens of black people dying in the streets, protesters and activists are demanding the attention of everyday Americans, rather than asking for it. If you're the kind of person who empathizes and agrees with the movement to end violent and needlessly lethal policing, especially in communities of color, than this video will probably touch you. Here's 9-year-old Zianna Oliphant, speaking to the Charlotte City Council.
The atmosphere in the council meeting was audibly intense, beyond even just the grief of what Oliphant was articulating — the anger and heartbreak in the room were palpable in equal measure, and she was at one point interrupted by some of the adults in the room, urging her to keep speaking through her tears. As Oliphant told NBC News after it was over, however, she was "not shy to tell them how I feel about it."
According to NBC News' report, Zianna's mother said the girl and her brother are both members of a police youth league, and that this isn't an anti-police statement so much as a statement against the way black people are unjustly targeted. While the investigation into Scott's death is not yet finished, simply considering how rare it is for officers to face charges for killing people in the line of duty, let alone to be convicted, it's possible that there will be no legal repercussions for what happened.