Girl’s Tears Silence City Hall At Charlotte City Council Meeting
After days of tumultuous protests following the deadly police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a young girl climbed up a step ladder to stand at the podium before a tense Charlotte City Council meeting and made a tearful plea that has touched the nation’s heart.
Small in size, with braids in her hair and hearts on her t-shirt, Zianna Oliphant collected herself and delivered an emotional message loud and clear.
“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore,” she said with tears streaming down her face.
“It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears. We shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”
Charlotte residents packed City Hall, delivering blistering criticisms for how Mayor Jennifer Roberts and the city’s police handled the death of Scott, an African-American man who was shot by an officer last week.
Police Officers attempted to serve a warrant to another man at an apartment complex. As officers passed through the complex’s parking lot, they encountered Scott, 43, who was exiting his car. Anger over his death broke out into protests, which turned violent on two nights.
Watch Zianna Oliphant’s tearful speech at Charlotte City Hall.