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Sep
2016
Sunday 25th
posted by Morning Star in World

But it’s little comfort for family of 13-year-old killed by cops


by Ben Chacko

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama cut the ribbon on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture yesterday — even as the family of 13-year-old Tyre King, a black child shot dead by police, gathered for his funeral.

Mr Obama says the museum — which will “chronicle the complex relationship between the United States and the people it once enslaved” — “embraces the patriotic recognition that America is a constant work in progress” and called on citizens to “decide that it is within our collective power to align this nation with the high ideals of our founding.”

Thousands were expected to gather to watch the superpower’s first black president open the new museum.

But the gesture came as small comfort to Tyre’s family, who are calling for an independent investigation into their son’s death.

And it followed another night of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, after the family of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man shot dead by police on September 20, released a video taken on a phone by his wife of the moments before he was killed.

In it, she is heard pleading with officers not to kill her husband, saying he is not armed and has just taken medicine for a traumatic brain injury.

Police say they shot Mr Scott as he refused to drop a gun, while his family say he was not carrying one.

It is not clear from the mobile phone video whether he was or not — and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief Kerr Putney has so far refused to release video taken on a police body camera and dashboard camera of the incident, saying it could “inflame” the situation.

Demonstrators marched through Charlotte’s business district for the fourth night running on Friday night, carrying a banner reading: “Just release the tapes.”

Protests calling for the evidence to be made public continued throughout the night, but Mr Putney said he lacked a “compelling reason” to comply with them, adding: “It’s a personal struggle, but I have to do what I think is best for my community.”

benchacko@peoples-press.com




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