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September 22, 2016
Press Release

Our state is shocked and saddened by the tragic news from Charlotte. We must find ways to address the discrimination that the African American community has faced and to rebuild trust in law enforcement. We will continue to wrestle with these difficult issues for many years to come. But violence is certainly not the answer. Our disagreements can only lead to progress if we engage each other peacefully rather than giving in to feelings of anger and frustration.

Government and police must do their part to engage in a dialogue with citizens, faith leaders, and community organizations. To that end, it is important that Mayor Roberts and Chief Putney conduct their investigation of the Scott shooting and ensuing protests in a fully transparent manner. Chief Putney has invested in new technology and outreach strategies to rebuild trust with the community; now is the time to make good on those investments and take immediate action to prevent further violence and unrest.