- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rioters took to the streets of Charlotte Wednesday in protest against the death of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed by a law enforcement officer after allegedly refusing to put down his firearm.

The riots are of concern to the Carolina Panthers, who are scheduled to play against the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday in Charlotte.

But Brian McCarthy, the NFL’s vice president of communications, said the plan is for the game to continue.

The riots have caused much damage to the city’s downtown streets. The Charlotte Hornets’ team store, located right in the center of the city, was heavily looted last night.

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton expressed his views Wednesday following the death of Mr. Scott:

I’m an African-American. I am not happy how the justice has been kind of dealt with over the years. The state of oppression in our community. But we also, as black people, have to do right by ourselves. We can’t be hypocrites.

I say that on one voice but also on another voice that when you go public or when things happen in the community, it’s not the fact that things are happening. It’s the way they’re being treated after they’re happening. When you get a person that does some unjust things or killing an innocent person, killing fathers, killing people who have actual families. That’s real.

I have a son and a daughter that I’m responsible for. So how would I be if one day they come home and there’s no more daddy?”

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