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Young Girl Tearfully Explains Why Charlotte Feels The Need To Protest

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She may be small in size, but Zianna Oliphant had some powerful words for the Charlotte City Council on Monday night.

Oliphant’s emotional testimony came during a tense city council meeting – the first since a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot 43-year-old Keith Scott, sparking mass protests throughout the city. The child’s words brought a number of attendees to tears, according to The Associated Press.

“It’s a shame that our fathers and mothers are killed and we can’t see them anymore,” she said through tears. “It’s a shame that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them. And we have tears, and we shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side.”

We do this because we need to and have rights.
-Zianna Oliphant

Scott, a black man, was killed on Sept. 20 while police were reportedly trying to deliver a warrant to a different person at the same apartment complex. The officers say they were leaving when they encountered Scott, who they claim was armed. Scott’s family insists he didn’t have a weapon and was reading a book.

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