Protesters assembled on the steps of CMPD headquarters around 7 p.m. Wednesday night following the District Attorney’s announcement that Officer Brentley Vinson would not be charged in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.
The group was small compared to the crowds that took to the streets immediately following Scott’s death in September, but they were vocal.
At times, the protest felt disjointed and chaotic with the crowd abruptly veering off course in an attempt to avoid police and take over the street.
Four protesters were arrested for “obstructing traffic” after officers had directed them to stay on the sidewalk. The demonstration remained nonviolent.
Protesters stopped in front of the Omni Hotel for a moment of silence for Justin Carr, a protester who was shot there and died later at the hospital back in September.
A general widely held belief among the protesters is that Carr was shot and killed by police and not by civilian Rayquan Borum, who confessed to the shooting and was indicted.
Extreme distrust of the police permeates this crowd and leads to chants like: “Who protects us? We protect us!” and “Back up back up, we want freedom freedom. Tell these racist-ass cops, we don’t need ’em need ’em.”
At the start of the evening, protesters on the steps of CMPD called Major Mike Campagna out by name, shouting questions and accusations his way.
Campagna walked over to address the crowd directly, creating a stunning scene.
For more information on the Keith Lamont Scott shooting case and the non-indictment of Officer Brentley Vinson, see the District Attorney’s full 22-page report here.