Young girl weeps over shootings, delivers message at tense Charlotte meeting

Young girl weeps over shootings, delivers message at tense Charlotte meeting

A 9-year-old girl in Charlotte, North Carolina, has captivated the nation with a stirring, emotional speech about police brutality in her home city.

And in her most powerful line she ended with: "We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side".

"We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this", she said with tears streaming down her face. And we shouldn't have tears.

The council meeting occurred a week after a police officer fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in a auto park in Charlotte.

The meeting was held less than a week after police shot and killed Kieth Lamont Scott.

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A woman who identified herself as his sister has said, according to local media reports, he was mentally disabled and she had called the police for help. The tension was high, the people were angry, and, as CNN reports, numerous participants were peaceful protesters and Black Lives Matter activists, attending to hold aloft signs in support of Scott and their cause. However, it's impossible to argue with the feelings of a crying 11-year-old, and Oliphant's speech at City Hall quiets all arguments against Black Lives Matter, stripping the movement down to its core message.

"We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this", the young Charlotte native declared tearfully.

I've been born and raised in Charlotte, and I never felt this way till now. The shooting death and questions over the use of deadly police force against people of color sparked protests that roiled the city.

She noted that Zianna and her brother are actually involved in a police youth league and the children are frequently around officers who do great things for them.

Her remarks came amidst a contentious community meeting, in which speakers admonished city officials-and at least once, one another-for Charlotte's handling of Scott's death, as well as its response to the days of subsequent protests. We shouldn't have to protest because ya'll are treating us wrong. Scott's family said the videos don't prove he had a weapon.

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