|Zianna Oliphant (pictured) made a tearful plea to Charlotte city council to end the cop shootings of black people|
Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant broke down in tears as she delivered the powerful message to politicians after nearly a week of protests engulfed the North Carolina city. ‘We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this’
The little girl has made a desperate plea to Charlotte city council in a bid to end the deadly cop shootings of black people.
Dozens of furious protesters packed City Hall on Monday to call for the mayor and police chief to resign and for his department to be held accountable following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
According to CNN. ‘Our city’s in an uproar, and you did not respond.’ ‘It’s going to be rough in these streets until you give justice to our people,’ said the Rev. Milton Williams, the final speaker
Zianna’s speech was one of the most powerful, and prompted a standing ovation.
‘It’s a shame that our fathers and brothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore,’ she said. ‘It’s a shame that we have to go through that graveyard and bury him. We need our fathers and brothers to be by our side.’
The girl, who said she was born and raised in Charlotte, said she can’t stand how black people are being treated in the city, ABC News reports.
‘We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because y’all are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights.’
She was not the only child to speak at the emotion-filled event.
Ten-year-old Taje Gaddy also spoke about his fear of the police as the crowd cheered in support.
Other residents at the packed City Hall launched attacks on the Charlotte authorities over their handling of Scott’s death.
The 43-year-old was shot dead by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers on September 20 after they came across him exiting his car at an apartment block where they were serving a warrant on another individual.
Police say Scott made a threatening move with his gun shortly before they shot him four times. Crucial evidence is missing from the investigation however as officers failed to switch on their body cameras until after Scott was shot.
Source: Daily mail.