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Michael Jordan donates $2 million and calls for peaceful demonstration in Charlotte

Violence erupted in the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina, Wednesday night as hundreds of protesters walked downtown to condemn the death of Keith Lamont Scott.

The 43-year-old Scott was shot and killed last September 20 by police officers who were going to serve an outstanding warrant for another man, according to Fox News. He has become another symbol of police brutality against people of color. Scott’s death came in the same week as video of another police-related shooting and killing of Terence Crutcher, another black male, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, made headlines.

Unlike Tulsa, violence erupted in Charlotte which resulted in many people, protesters and police officers alike, injured and one person shot in the head. The governor of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, has already declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte and has deployed the National Guard for assistance.

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During these trying times in Charlotte, Michael Jordan, one of the city’s most visible public figures, issued a statement offering condolences to the Scott family and wished a full recovery for those who were injured as protesting turned into rioting and destruction of property. In the press release Jordan plead for the community coming together in a calm and peaceful way as they demonstrate and discuss the issues at hand.

 

 

The Charlotte Hornets owner and basketball icon has not only become vocal but generous as well. The NBA legend announced that he would be donating $2 million to causes on both sides of the issue with $1 million going to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and $1 million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

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Jordan made the donation in an effort to improve the fractured relationship between the law enforcement and black communities. He recently made an essay for the The Undefeated touching on how as an African-American man, a father, and a son who lost his own dad to a senseless murder committed by two teenagers in 1993. In it, Jordan wrote that he was deeply troubled by the killings at the hands of police officers as well as the cowardly targeting of police officers.

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