Seeds: On Tuesday night police in Charlotte, North Carolina shot and killed a 43-year-old black man named Keith L. Scott. There are two conflicting narratives circulating – the Police state that Scott was holding a firearm and therefore posed an immediate threat to the force. However, a woman who filmed the encounter and claims to be Scott’s daughter stated that he was unarmed, carrying only a book, and disabled. Police state that they took a gun from the scene, and not a book.
Core: Protests broke out after the killing of this man. They began with chants of “black lives matter” and “no justice, no peace,” but escalated to throwing rocks at officers and smashing police cars. Several people were injured, including 16 officers.
Skin: This is the second highly-publicized police shooting this week after the killing of unarmed black man Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Crutcher appeared to have his hands up and be following orders when he was shot.
Leaves: With tensions still high in Charlotte and Tulsa, it is unclear when protests will end. Videos released from dashboard cameras and police body cameras do not clearly show a weapon.
Food For Thought: What do you think of these police shootings? Do you support the Black Lives Matter movement? How do you think the government should respond without alienating either side?