Skewing the news has consequences
The shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday has fueled riots and looting by vandals. We have repeatedly witnessed such incidents used as an excuse for violent, marauding gangs to take to the streets to steal and destroy property as they ostensibly protest police.
Gov. Pat McCrory was forced to declare a state of emergency. Several hundred members of the N.C. National Guard and State Highway Patrol troopers were sent to Charlotte to maintain order after ongoing violence. Obama’s U.S. Justice Department sent Community Relations Service staffers who specialize in communities in crisis to Charlotte. Numerous businesses advised employees to work from home to avoid the hazards.
Scott, 43, a black man, was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon. The officer who shot him, Brentley Vinson, 26, is also black.
According to the newspaper account, police said Scott held a handgun as he got out of a car, though others claimed he was merely reading a book. Police said they found a gun but no book at the scene.
It took thirteen reporters at the Charlotte Observer to write this account of events. Which of them, we wonder, decided it was appropriate to have readers wade through 29 paragraphs before revealing the 26-year-old officer involved in the shooting is also black? If the officer who fired the fatal shots was white, it would have been in the headline and first paragraph. Why was there no mention of Kevin Scott’s lengthy criminal history which would rightfully make the officer wary?
What does the grotesque practice of looting and destruction of other people’s property have to do with protests? Drugstores, hotels, restaurants, the NASCAR Hall of Fame, an entertainment complex and even the United Way building were among multitudes of properties ransacked and vandalized.
Gateway Pundit reveals the intricacies of the Democrat Machine at work in the rioting and the Black Lives Matter thuggery. Black Trump supporter Taurus Rachel calls out Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and McCain funder George Soros. Powerline exposes the criminal history of Kevin Scott, blandly described in newspaper accounts as a kindly father of seven. The articles are well worth your time.