Michael Jordan Calls For 'Peaceful Demonstration' in Charlotte Following Violent Protests Over Police Shooting
"It is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community," Jordan said in a statement
The basketball legend urged “peaceful demonstration and conversation” in the city after Scott was shot and killed by police.
“First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured,” Jordan said in a statement released by the Hornets.
He continued, “In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”
Violent protests broke out on the northeast side of Charlotte on Tuesday after Scott, an African-American man, was killed by Officer Brentley Vinson.
Authorities claim Scott “posed an imminent deadly threat to officers” before he was fatally shot.
The hashtag #KeithScott is trending on Twitter.
In July, Jordan spoke out about his own father, who was murdered by teenagers in 1993.
“As a proud American, a father who lost his own dad in a senseless act of violence, and as a black man, I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers,” he told The Undefeated. “I grieve with the families who have lost loved ones, as I know their pain all to well.”