North Carolina Politicians react after Tuesday's shooting and subsequent rioting in Charlotte. The Charlotte Police Department said 12 of their officers were injured in protests after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
NC Governor Pat McCrory
“I’ve been in conversations with the mayor and other city officials since early this morning. We will do everything we can to support the mayor and the police chief in their efforts to keep the community calm and to get this situation resolved. It’s very important that we all work together as a team to solve a very difficult issue and to bring peace and resolution. My prayers are with the Scott family and also our law enforcement, especially the 16 police officers who were injured last night. As governor I’m going to do everything I can to support the entire city leadership in their effort to resolve this situation.”
NC Attorney General Roy Cooper
"What happened to Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte is a tragedy. It is important that this case is thoroughly investigated to find the truth and make sure justice is done. We must be committed to the kind of change that prevents these tragedies from happening. It is critical that as protests occur they are non-violent and do not cause harm."
Richard Burr (R-NC)
“The investigation continues to develop on the series of events in Charlotte last night. The Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department needs the space to conduct their investigation. I think we can all agree there is no place in America for violence in our streets. We can and will come together to overcome these events.”
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
“The response to the shooting that occurred yesterday was utter chaos that resulted in the looting of private property and injuries to the very officers who were working to protect the safety of the protestors. It was an embarrassing moment for the city that was only redeemed by the brave men and women of the CMPD who demonstrated incredible composure, which likely prevented the violence from escalating further.
“Charlotte is better than this, and I hope that the mayor and other city elected officials will join Chief Putney in demonstrating leadership that is guided by the facts and not political considerations of a given day.”
U.S. Congresswoman Alma Adams (D-NC)
Earlier this morning I had a call with Mayor Jennifer Roberts; I will continue to work closely with all City officials and community leaders as this case develops. I understand all too well the emotions that many Charlotteans and people all across the nation are feeling. However, violence is not the answer. We have to work together to ensure there is a transparent process and the family of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott and our city gets justice and the answers they deserve. My thoughts and prayers are with the Scott family and our entire community,” said Congresswoman Adams
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