The riots in Charlotte didn’t take long to turn violent. Multiple police officers were sent to the hospital. Members of the media were attacked, some live on-air. Businesses were destroyed and looted. And people were shot — some fatally. One of those people was protester Justin Carr, who was murdered by 21-year-old Rayquan Borum.
Police Chief Kerr Putney reported that investigators were able to use the overwhelming amount of cell phone footage available to solve the crime, saying, “Our crime scene investigators and our homicide detectives were able to use a lot of footage. A real time crime center was able to supply footage from cameras that helped us solve that case.”
Rayquan Borum charged this morning in shooting death of Justin Carr during protests in Trade Street.
— CMPD News (@CMPD) September 23, 2016
It also turns out that Borum has an extensive criminal record, including theft, breaking and entering, and two weapons charges. Yet strangely, there are people still claiming that police killed Carr with a rubber bullet, despite the actual bullet found in Carr’s head and Borum’s history of breaking the law. They are trying to claim that Borum’s arrest is a police cover-up.
By Thursday, the violent protests had begun to dissipate, but not without great losses. North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory was forced to declare a state of emergency and call in the National Guard to assist police officers. Businesses were destroyed and looted. Windows were broken. Protesters lit fires and threw rocks at cars on Interstate 85 before shutting down the highway, where they stole from trucks and burned the items in the road.
All of this was done in the name of “Black Lives Matter”. Yet how many of these so-called “Black Lives Matter” protesters will protest the epidemic of black-on-black violence, which claimed another life this week?