USA: Walter Scott shooting protest calls for emergency council meeting

The Charleston branch of the Black Lives Matter organisation issued an ultimatum to the North Charleston City Hall, Friday, demanding an emergency meeting of the town's city council within 24 hours to discuss instances of racial profiling and discrimination by police officers. Black Lives Matter spokesperson Muhiyadin Debaha said that if negotiations and peaceful demonstrations do not bring about change and show that they have "people power," resistance will be the "only option" remaining. Debaha urged city officials to set up a date within the following seven days for a meeting to discuss launch of the citizens review board. "You are not responsive to our needs, therefore we are going to create an apparatus to have our needs responded immediately," Debaha said. The protest and speech were held ahead of the upcoming council meeting and was triggered by the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American Walter Scott on April 4 in North Charleston.

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