One again we have protests and violence over the death of 2 black men shot by police in separate incidents. But although the media is once again pushing the racial angle, it really has nothing to do with either shooting.

Violence in Charlotte, NC.

Charlotte, North Carolina is in a state of chaos following protests on Tuesday and Wednesday that began peacefully, but as is usually the case with these Black Lives Matter protests, turned violent.  A police officer was injured and a CNN field reporter was attacked and tackled while doing a live on-air report Wednesday evening.

A man was shot and killed as police in riot gear protected an upscale hotel in downtown Charlotte. The man was not shot by police but by another protestor in the crowd. After the shooting, protesters began throwing bottles, dirt clods and fireworks at the officers. The police fired flash grenades and then tear gas back, dispersing the crowd of several hundred.

The official Charlotte Hornets team store was looted during part of the protests.  Groups of protesters continued to march around the downtown area, followed by police in riot gear, who continued to fire tear gas at them.

Members of this “prayer vigil” blocked an interstate, threw objects at passing cars, jumped on vehicles, looted businesses, vandalized a Hyatt hotel and attacked its employees. Governor Pat McCrory has declared a State of Emergency and initiated efforts to deploy the North Carolina National Guard and the State Highway Patrol to assist local law enforcement.

Keith Lamont Scott’s daughter, Lyric Scott, streamed live video on Facebook from the scene of the shooting for about an hour Tuesday afternoon, the media jumped on the clip of her screaming that, “The police just shot my daddy four times for being black,” she says. “They Tased him first and then shot him.”

This of course stirred up racial tensions which were already high because of the media’s deceptive description of the shooting of Terence Crutcher who was shot and killed by police on Sept. 16. The media showed pictures of Terence Crutcher with his hands up along with the narrative that another black man was shot with his hands up.

Nation of Islam called for a boycott of white businesses in Charlotte, the statement by B.J. Murphy, called for an African-American economic boycott of Charlotte, the largest city in North Carolina.
“Don’t spend no money with no white folks that don’t respect us,” he said at a press conference with black leaders Wednesday.

According to Murphy, rioting is a natural result of justice not being served, and there will be more of it as long as that’s the case. He did not condemn or discourage the protests that broke out overnight in response to Scott’s death.

“We’re not telling our brothers and sisters to stop. We’re not going to get out there and tell all y’all, ‘Oh, brother, you shouldn’t do that, you shouldn’t do this,’ when we ain’t getting no justice,” he continued. “Everyone in Charlotte should be on notice that today we’re tired of this bull. We’re tired of being killed and nobody saying nothing.”

The Death of Keith Lamont Scott

The Charlotte Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit was searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex. This is the location that Keith Lamont Scott also lives at, he was not the subject of the warrant.

“Officers observed a subject inside a vehicle in the apartment complex,” police said in the press release. “The subject exited the vehicle armed with a firearm. Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject.”

“The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to officers who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject,” police said.

Officer Brentley Vinson fired the fatal shot that killed Mr. Scott. Vinson was in plain clothes but did have a tactical vest on that said CMPD on the front and POLICE on the back, he was not wearing a body camera. Other uniformed officers were with Officer Vinson at the time of the shooting and several did have body cameras on them which captured the incident.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a Wednesday morning press conference that Keith Lamont Scott refused orders to drop the gun he was holding. He said detectives found the gun “in close proximity” to Scott.

“The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands that were also heard by many of the witnesses,” Putney said. “They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon. Despite the verbal commands, Mr. Scott exited the vehicle as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it. He stepped out, posing a threat to the officers, and Officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon, striking the subject.”

So, Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, was armed and refused orders to drop the gun, despite his family saying he had a book, a handgun, not a book was photographed next to his body. Officer Vinson is also black, and the Chief of Police is black as well, so how is this a racial incident?
It is only a racial incident because the media has pushed it as such.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

If you just listened to mainstream media, you would be pretty upset with what transpired in Tulsa, an unarmed black man on his way to school broke down in the road and then was shot by police while his hands were in the air. Terence Crutcher was that man on the way to school, but the media has been less than truthful about the entire incident.

Tulsa Community College President Leigh B. Goodson released a statement: “It is important to me that I share what Terence Crutcher represented to our college community. He was a student who had openly expressed to our advisement staff and to others his desire to be successful in college. Like so many of the thousands of students at TCC, he brought to TCC his talents, hopes and dreams of creating a successful life by dedicating himself to completing a degree.”

Sounds like a fine upstanding student, right?

What they fail to mention is that he was supposed to begin class the day of his death. The school said officials canceled the course due to low enrollment and tried to contact all students ahead of time.  Yet, Crutcher’s twin sister, Tiffany, said her brother had just begun studying music appreciation at the college and had just left class when his car broke down. Crutcher’s car had been in the shop recently and “was having some problems,” she said.

If you go by his family and the media, Crutcher was an honest family man who could never hurt anyone and was simply killed because he was a large black man. The truth, of course, makes Crutcher look a little less than father of the year.

His arrests and convictions are quite numerous:

1996 Shooting with intent to kill — Dismissed
2001 Petit larceny — Conviction
2004 Driving while suspended — Conviction
2005 Driving while suspended, resisting officer — Conviction
2006 Driving while suspended — Conviction
Driving with open container — Dismissed
2006 Trafficking in illegal drugs — Conviction. (He was also charged in that incident with assault on a police officer and resisting, but that was dismissed.)
2011 Public intoxication (while in prison for drug trafficking) — Conviction
2012 Public intoxication — Conviction
Obstructing an officer — Conviction
2013 DUI — Conviction
Resisting officer — Conviction
Open Container — Conviction
Failure to wear seatbelt — Conviction
Speeding — Conviction

Records also show he had 5 open warrants for his arrest at the time of his death. These warrants issued on Aug. 30 included things like DUI, resisting, drug trafficking and public intoxication.

Court records show officers used force against Crutcher on at least four separate occasions, including the 2012 arrest on public intoxication and obstruction complaints. In that case, an officer had to use a stun gun on Crutcher twice while he was face down on the ground because Crutcher would not comply with at least three orders to show his hands.

“Nobody claimed that he was a perfect individual. Who is perfect? But that night he was not a criminal,” said Crutcher family attorney Melvin Hall regarding Crutcher’s criminal record. “He did not have any warrants. He had not done anything wrong. He had a malfunctioning vehicle, and he should have been treated accordingly.” The attorney made no mention of Crutcher’s ongoing issues with using PCP.

The Death of Terence Crutcher

Two 911 calls described an SUV abandoned in the middle of the road. One caller said the vehicle’s driver was acting strangely, adding, “I think he’s smoking something.” One caller said that the man claimed the vehicle was going to blow up. It should be noted that the SUV was not on the side of the road as some of the media has stated, but was actually parked mostly in the lane of oncoming traffic.

Officer Betty Shelby was responding to a domestic violence call with her partner when she saw Crutcher standing in the middle of the road, looking down at the ground, she would have stopped and checked up on him had she not been on the other call.

She then saw the SUV parked in the middle of the street, blocking traffic in both directions. The engine was running when she got there, which she found odd because she assumed it was either disabled or broken down.

When Shelby approached the car, the doors were closed, and the windows were open. She looked into the passenger’s side to make sure no one was in the vehicle, and as she was getting ready to move to the driver’s side, she turned around and saw Crutcher walking toward her.

Shelby then said to Crutcher, “Hey, is this your car?” He didn’t respond, simply dropping his head while continuing to look at Shelby, “kind of under his brow”. Crutcher then began to put his hand into his left pocket, Shelby told Crutcher, “Hey, please keep your hands out of your pocket while you’re talking to me. Let’s deal with his car.”

Once again, Crutcher did not respond, so Shelby ordered him again to get his hand out of his pocket. He then pulled his hand away and put his hands up in the air, even though he was not instructed to do so, which Officer Shelby found strange.

Shelby tried to get Crutcher to talk to her, but he simply mumbled something unintelligible and stared at her. He then turned and walked to the edge of the roadway and turned to look at her, his hands still in the air. He put his hands down and started to reach into his pocket again, and she ordered him again to get his hands out of his pocket.

At this point, Shelby, a drug recognition expert, believed Crutcher was “on something”, possibly PCP.

Officer Shelby then radioed in that she had a subject “who is not following commands.”

Shelby then pulled out her gun and had Crutcher at gunpoint as she commanded him to get on his knees. She pulled out a gun instead of a Taser because she thought he had a weapon, and she was planning to arrest him for being intoxicated in public and possibly obstructing the investigation.

Shelby ordered Crutcher to stop multiple times as Crutcher walked toward the SUV with his hands up.

As the video from the helicopter begins, Crutcher was “angling” toward his car while Shelby repeatedly commanded him to stop. His hands were still in the air. “As a police officer, you have to wonder, why would someone ignore commands at gunpoint to get to a certain location?” Scott Wood, Officer Shelby’s attorney said.

Crutcher’s arms came down, and he turned to face the car, and he reached into the driver’s side window with his left hand. That’s when Shelby fired one shot and a fellow officer, Tyler Turnbough, deployed a Taser. Shelby believed that when Crutcher attempted to reach into the car, he was retrieving a weapon.

In her interview with homicide detectives, Officer Shelby said, “I was never so scared in my life as in that moment right then.”

Although the media has put out the narrative that Crutcher was complying with Officer Shelby’s orders, no police officer would instruct a suspect to move towards their vehicle, especially not one who they thought may be armed and is not following commands.

A vial of PCP was found in the SUV; toxicology reports will take some time before determining if Crutcher had the drug in his system.

A man with a gun in Charlotte, N.C. and a man not responding to commands in Tulsa, Oklahoma, why is race being mentioned in either of these shootings?

Because the media needs to keep the racial divide growing for the election to favor the Democrats, they need those black votes now more than ever.

Bill Kendall