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Activist urges 'boycott' of Charlotte after police shooting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 01:26

A Nation of Islam activist urges an economic boycott of the city's businesses while a pastor calls for a ''mass exodus'' from churches that he says have failed to take a stand on police brutality. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: African-American activists and community members gathered in Charlotte, North Carolina on Wednesday (September 21) to voice their anger at a police shooting that spurred violent protests the night before, as the city's mayor called for calm and peace following the overnight violence. During a news conference Wednesday, one Nation of Islam activist urged an economic boycott of Charlotte as protest to the latest in a series of police shootings over two years that inspired the Black Lives Matter movement. A pastor from Kalamazoo, Michigan also called for a "mass exodus" of worshippers from both black and caucasian churches that he said had failed to take an appropriate stand against police brutality. Sixteen officers were hurt and police vehicles were damaged during a demonstration against the police shooting of a black man at an apartment complex in the city. Police Chief Kerr Putney disputed claims made by some protesters that the man killed on Tuesday, 43-year-old Keith Scott, had been unarmed, telling reporters that police did find a weapon.

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Activist urges 'boycott' of Charlotte after police shooting

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 01:26