Do you release video footage of the confrontation? Do you deploy officers in riot gear? Do you call in the National Guard? While looking over their shoulder at the punishing riots in Ferguson, Baltimore and elsewhere, Tulsa and Charlotte took very different paths after police officers shot and killed black men in those two cities.
Robert Pittenger, whose district includes parts of Charlotte, pegged the violence there this week to black protesters who “hate white people because white people are successful and they’re not.” He later apologized on Twitter, saying his racist comment “doesn’t reflect who I am.”
Looters and vandals in the city’s entertainment district caused extensive damage to restaurants, hotels, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and other businesses and buildings. Authorities say they are reviewing video footage of the police shooting that touched off the unrest, but they declined to release it publicly. The U.S. Justice Department is sending advisors.
Rocks and bottles rained down on I-85, stopping traffic for hours, after police shot and killed a man who they said was armed with a gun. Semi-trucks on the highway and a Walmart were looted. The mayor appealed for calm.