Black officer kills black man: protests in Charlotte turn violent

Alton Sterling just before being shot

Alton Sterling just before being shot


There is more violence in the USA:

September 21, 2016

The police shooting of a man in Charlotte, N.C., sparked overnight protests and unrest, temporarily shutting down a major interstate in the area.

The protests began Tuesday night after police shot and killed 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at an apartment complex near the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

Officers were at the complex to serve a warrant for a different man, The Associated Press reports, when they saw Scott in a car. Police say he came out of the vehicle with a gun.

At a press conference on Wednesday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said that officers gave the man multiple verbal warnings to drop his weapon before he was shot. Putney says a handgun was recovered on the scene, and that witnesses corroborated the officer’s accounts. …

Officer Brentley Vinson shot Scott, who later died in the hospital, the AP reports. Vinson, who has been with the department for two years, is on administrative leave while police investigate the shooting — standard department procedure, the wire service says.

Both Vinson and Scott are black.

After the shooting, the woman who says she’s Scott’s daughter streamed live on Facebook for an hour, as Nick de la Canal of member station WFAE reported. She cursed at officers at the scene, saying her father was disabled and didn’t have a gun.

September 21, 2016

Police in Charlotte, N.C., shot and killed a black man they said was armed outside an apartment complex Tuesday, setting off violent protests that continued late into the night and left about two dozen people injured.

A large crowd of demonstrators gathered near the scene of the shooting Tuesday night to protest the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer earlier in the day. Scott’s family insisted he was not armed when he was killed.

The demonstrations began peacefully, with some people chanting “black lives matter” and “hands up, don’t shoot.” News reports and posts on social media later showed police in riot gear firing tear gas and rubber bullets at the demonstrators and some people smashing out the windows of police cars.

Early Wednesday morning, protesters shut down traffic on Interstate 85. Some protesters opened up the backs of tractor trailers, took out boxes and set them on fire in the middle of the highway, WSOC reported. The station spoke to one truck driver who said people stole cargo from her trailer. Police reportedly used flash grenades to break up the crowd and had cleared the highway by early morning.

A few dozen other people broke down the doors of a nearby Walmart, then disbursed when police arrived, according to WSOC.

Police said 12 officers were injured during the demonstrations, one of them hit in the face with a rock. At least 11 people were taken from the demonstrations and treated for non-life threatening injuries, hospital officials told WSOC.

September 21, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C./TULSA,Okla. (Reuters) – Investigators on Wednesday were probing a pair of police shootings of black men in North Carolina and Oklahoma, the latest in a long series of such killings that have stirred protest across the United States. …

Those protests erupted hours after the family of Terence Crutcher, 40, condemned his fatal shooting by a white Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer. The family disputed a statement by police that Crutcher, who was unarmed, was reaching into his vehicle when he was shot by white police officer Betty Shelby.

Two police videos of the Tulsa shooting that have been broadcast widely since their release on Monday have stoked the debate, with U.S. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton calling the contents “unbearable.”

It is unclear if there has actually been more police violence this year compared to the past, but we are seeing more protests associated with some police shootings.

As the USA moves further away from biblically-related morality and justice, increased violence is expected.

Donald Trump has portrayed himself as the ‘law and order’ candidate and some do not care for that:

Trump’s law-and-order approach won’t make nation any more safe

September 21, 2016

In the past decade, two major movements for criminal justice reform have arisen: the push against mass incarceration and Black Lives Matter’s mobilization against police brutality. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has attacked both, arguing that the movements would touch off a new crime epidemic.

He’s wrong. …

Of course, the United States still has a terrible problem with violent crime.

Many cities endure rates of violence that undermine our efforts to promote decent and successful community life. Major cities — including Chicago, Milwaukee and Baltimore — reported significant increases in homicide in 2015. Many are having a tough 2016, too. Chicago already has had 500 homicides. The annual toll was 422 only two years ago. …

A politics of division worsens crime by destroying the cooperation that’s needed and possible today between Democrats and Republicans, between police and communities, across racial and ethnic lines.

Whether the protests in Charlotte, etc. will help or hurt Donald Trump’s election prospects in November will be seen later. I do not believe that the politicians (or any of the main parties) have the solution to crime (see Crime can be stopped…here’s how! and/or watch a related sermon: Crime and How it Will be Stopped!).

The USA clearly does have a problem with violence.

Violence, itself, often begets violence.

The Bible teaches:

9 ‘Thus says the Lord God: “Enough, O princes of Israel! Remove violence and plundering, execute justice and righteousness (Ezekiel 45:9)

9…You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:9-10)

As far as violence goes, the Bible shows that God is against violence and that destruction will come because of it:

23 ‘Make a chain,
For the land is filled with crimes of blood,
And the city is full of violence.
24 Therefore I will bring the worst of the Gentiles,
And they will possess their houses;
I will cause the pomp of the strong to cease,
And their holy places shall be defiled. (Ezekiel 7:23-24)

28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality…30…violent, proud, boasters,…31…unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them. (Romans 1:28-32)

8…And the violence of the land and the city, And of all who dwell in it. ( Habakkuk 2:8)

Notice the violence is prophesied to result in the worst of the Gentiles to come and take possession of houses–this will happen to the USA during the Great Tribulation (see also When Will the Great Tribulation Begin?).

There will be more violence in the USA.

Even now, it can be said of various cities in the USA, “the city is full of violence.

News presenter: Bill Wedekind.