Although 16 police officers received injuries, only one rioter was arrested.
Charlotte’s demonstrators had taken to the streets spontaneously.
And if these things are not true, then what is Black Lives Matter really after?
To explore this we must first look more closely at the story of Ferguson.
In the flash of a muzzle, Charlotte became the stage for the next act in a wrenching national drama about race and law enforcement.
Charlotte is a vibrant, growing, integrated metropolis, the very image of the “new South.” The officer involved was black, as was the police chief.
Google announced a half-million dollar grant to Cullors to monitor and combat police brutality.And according to individuals who said they had witnessed the shooting, he had either been gunned down while running from the officer or facing him with his hands raised, pleading, “Hands up, don’t shoot.”The next day, Ferguson was convulsed in rioting, and protests broke out in other cities.Black Lives Matter sponsored a series of “Freedom Rides” to Ferguson, and its Internet messages went viral.The New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb labeled it “a case study of structural racism in America and a metaphor for all that had gone wrong since the end of the civil-rights movement.” Ferguson is a paradigm, to be sure, but not exactly for the things Cobb suggests it represents.Ferguson While a local grand jury declined to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Michael Brown, Obama’s Justice Department conducted its own painstaking investigation with an eye to bringing charges under federal civil-rights law.Cullors, a performance artist based in Los Angeles, founded Dignity and Power Now, which she says has “achieved . Garza is an officer of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, having previously run a San Francisco group called People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER).