By Victor Ochieng
The unrest in Charlotte following the fatal police shooting of an African-American man, Keith Scott, 43, has caught national attention that even both GOP and Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on it. National media outlets too have done their best to report on what’s happening in Charlotte.
The attention of Bishop T.D. Jakes has also been drawn to the unfortunate events in Charlotte. The religious leader even went as far as visiting the city in a bid to preach peace. In fact, his “T.D. Jakes Show” went ahead and taped an episode during the visit as a way to highlight what the residents of the city have been experiencing.
On Monday morning, Bishop Jakes had a word with Dr. Patrick Graham of the Urban League of Central Carolinas about the situation in Charlotte.
“Is the community satisfied with how the mayor has released information and does the responsibility rest at her doorstep or is it more a concern to the chief of police here?” the bishop asked.
“Charlotte right now is in a state of shock,” Graham said. “Charlotte has prided itself on being able to control these situations through intense dialogue and community outreach.”
The “T.D. Jakes Show” crew would later in the afternoon travel to the neighborhood where Scott was shot. Jakes then had an interview with a local woman and witnessed the events unfolding there. According to the interviewed woman, what Scott was doing when he met his death was his usual routine.
“Usually every day of the week. He was waiting for his kid to get off the school bus,” the woman, Tracy McLean, said. “He did that every day.”
McLean said she’d never seen Scott with a gun and was thus wondering how Brentley Vison, an African-American cop, could’ve been the one who shot Scott although that’s the report CMPD has been giving from the very onset.
“It doesn’t jive with what I saw, it really doesn’t fit with what I saw,” McLean said. “Especially with the black officer coming from over there, and the way he fell, it just didn’t make any sense.”
The killing of Scott resonates with other deaths of unarmed African-American men at the hands of the police, many of which have led to civil unrests. In most, if not all, of the fatalities, race has been pointed out as a major factor.