Little Rock AME Zion in Charlotte, North Carolina welcomed 2016 Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hilliary Clinton to their home church invited to the pulpit by Pastor Dwayne Walker, Hillary Clinton, mixed Bible verses with headlines about black men who have been shot by police and others in recent years – including Scott, whose death sparked days of nationally televised protest, some of it violent, in uptown Charlotte.
“It has been 12 days since Mr. Scott was shot and killed. Twelve days since his wife, Rakeyia Scott, watched her husband die, and seven children lost their father,” Clinton said. “We don’t yet know all the details about the shooting, but we do know this community and this family is in pain.”
Hilliary Clinton also spoke about the killings of police in Dallas and Baton Rouge and Philadelphia. “The families of fallen officers have been dealt a great blow, and they deserve our prayers as well,” she said.
Clinton had planned to be in Charlotte a week ago but postponed her visit after Mayor Jennifer Roberts asked that she delay the trip in the aftermath of the Scott police shooting on Sept. 20.
The shooting of Scott, an African-American father of seven, happened after police had said he repeatedly refused to drop a handgun after they confronted him in his car, where they said they observed him in possession of marijuana. Family and neighbors said Scott posed no threat to officers, and that he was a victim of ongoing violence against African-Americans by law enforcement.
A few days after his death, Clinton urged the city of Charlotte to release the police video publicly. In a tweet, she wrote: “Charlotte should release police video of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting without delay. We must ensure justice & work to bridge divides.”
And at last Monday’s debate, in response to a question about the Charlotte shooting and one by a police officer in Tulsa, she called for more police training to restore trust – along with legislation to end what she called “the gun epidemic.”
On Sunday, she again called for action, including more training for police on how to de-escalate tense situations that can lead to fatal shootings.