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Friday, September 30, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 5:40 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 30, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Breakin' Convention at Knight Theater
Pro_Motion performs at Breakin' Convention (Photo credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)
  • Pro_Motion performs at Breakin' Convention (Photo credit: Paul Hampartsoumian)

Bacon Fest in South End

Rob: Earth-One at Snug Harbor

Silent Disco at RoofTop 210

• Charlotte Symphony: All Tchaikovsky at Belk Theater

Lunch Break (9/30/16): Family of EpiCentre attack victim sets up GoFundMe account

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM


The family of a veteran who was randomly attacked at EpiCentre last week when protests became violent has set up a GoFundMe account to help him through his recovery. According to David Palmer's sister, Ashley Warlick, Palmer was separated from the group he was with in Uptown last Wednesday night before he was attacked by 10 men in the EpiCentre parking garage. He has a fractured eye socket and multiple broken bones, according to Warlick, and will have surgery on Monday.

On Tuesday, CMPD detectives arrested 22-year-old Antonio Gatewood in connection with the assaults. Gatewood was charged with common law robbery, assault inflicting serious injury, false imprisonment and ethnic intimidation. Police are still looking for others involved in the robbery and assault. Anyone with info is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. Pictured below are some suspects CMPD believe to be involved in the assault (left) and a still from surveillance footage of the attack. 

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Members of Charlotte Uprising and other protesters showed up at a church in the SouthPark area where CMPD Chief Kerr Putney was supposed to appear for a community safety forum last night, but he was a no-show. 

After hearing that the forum had been cancelled, the peaceful protesters marched to SouthPark Mall to shut down foot traffic and get the attention of those well-off Charlotteans who may not have been exposed to the protests held in Uptown over the last week. 

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Stefon Boatwright
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An update from CMPD yesterday stated that police made 82 arrests during protests held between Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. In addition to those arrests, 95 warrants were signed against those believed to have taken part in looting and destruction of property during unrest that occurred on the first two nights of protest. Police have arrested 22 people in connection with those warrants. 

Savanna Lee Jones
  • Savanna Lee Jones
The two most recent arrests in connection with last week's unrest were those of 24-year-old Stefon Boatwright and 16-year-old Savanna Lee Jones, both of whom are believed to have participated in looting at EpiCentre last week. Boatwright was charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, felony conspiracy and injury to real property for his alleged involvement in looting at Buffalo Wild Wings. Jones was charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and felony conspiracy for her alleged involvement in looting at Jimmy John's. 

Surveillance photos of Jones during protests and inside Jimmy John's last week.
  • Surveillance photos of Jones during protests and inside Jimmy John's last week.

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 12:18 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 29, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Jim Lauderdale at The Evening Muse
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Grace Stott Gallery Reception at Petra's

Lauryn Hill at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater

Eric Pickersgill: One Million Reasons Not to Take a Photograph at The Light Factory

Trivia at VBGB

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 10:41 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 28, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Kishi Bashi at Visulite Theatre
Kishi Bashi (Photo by Shervin Lainez)
  • Kishi Bashi (Photo by Shervin Lainez)

• The Power of Life: Uplifting Women at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

The Struts at The Underground

How Could This Happen in Charlotte (Again)? Forum at Levine Museum of the New South

Things My Mother Taught Me at Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre

Saturday, September 24, 2016

VIDEO: Police footage of Keith Lamont Scott's shooting released

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

Still from the body cam footage of a uniformed officer on the scene when Keith Lamont Scott was shot
  • Still from the body cam footage of a uniformed officer on the scene when Keith Lamont Scott was shot

CMPD this afternoon released footage from a body camera and a dashboard camera that caught parts of an incident on Tuesday that ended with a police officer shooting and killing Keith Lamont Scott. 

While the body camera footage, from a uniformed officer who showed up on the scene after the confrontation began, doesn't show much beyond him trying to break Scott's window and then coming around the vehicle to find Scott lying on the ground, the same officer's dash cam footage shows Scott being shot after exiting his car and backing towards the police cruiser. The sound is also off on the body camera footage until about the 21-second mark. 

A still from the dash cam footage just before Keith Lamont Scott was shot.
  • A still from the dash cam footage just before Keith Lamont Scott was shot.

Along with the footage, CMPD released a detailed statement telling their version of events that transpired on Tuesday afternoon, when officers waiting in The Village at College Downs to carry out a warrant on someone other than Scott confronted him and officer Brentley Vinson shot him. 

According to CMPD's statement, two plain-clothes officers were sitting in a car waiting to serve the warrant when Scott pulled up beside them in his white SUV. They allegedly saw Scott rolling a blunt — marijuana wrapped in cigar paper — but were not concerned with confronting him until they allegedly saw him hold a gun up. 

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The officers then moved away from the scene to put on marked vests that identified them as police before confronting Scott, who they say refused their verbal commands to exit the vehicle. At this time, the uniformed officer arrived and came around the back of the vehicle and began hitting the window. It was then that Scott exited the vehicle with a gun, police say, and backed away from his vehicle. 

According to the statement, Vinson "perceived Mr. Scott's actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and other officers," and opened fire, hitting Scott four times. In the video, Scott does not appear to pose a threat in a way that involves pointing a gun or anything of that manner. No gun can clearly be seen in the video. 

Police also released photos of the gun they say Scott was holding (left), an ankle holster than can be seen on his ankle in the footage and the blunt they say he was rolling. 

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Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 9:28 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 24, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

International Festival at UNC-Charlotte

• Stand Against HB2 - North Carolina Musicians United for Equality NC at Neighborhood Theatre

Lake Norman Beerfest at Galway Hooker

Queen City Anthology at C3 Lab

• Forlorn Strangers & Old Salt Union at Double Door Inn

Friday, September 23, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 5:21 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 23, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Dirty Dancing at Ovens Auditorium
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• Opening reception for Charlotte’s Road to Revolution exhibit at Charlotte Museum of History

Fall Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill

• Annabell Leigh, Blackwater Drowning, Shadows of Deceit & Exiles at Milestone

Festival in the Park at Freedom Park

SLIDESHOW: Third night of protests remains relatively peaceful

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 4:44 PM


Hundreds of protesters, some from cities as far as Chicago, New York and Toronto, came together in Uptown Charlotte last night to march through the city asking for the release of body camera and dashboard camera footage of Keith Lamont Scott's killing. 

Protesters in front of CMPD headquarters. - RYAN PITKIN
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  • Protesters in front of CMPD headquarters.

Protesters marched through the city multiple times, stopping at the CMPD headquarters and Charlotte Jail Central before making their way to the I-277 outer loop, where they shut down traffic for 10 minutes or so. Police eventually dispersed the crowd by firing pepper balls, a chemical projectile similar to pepper spray, and paintballs. 

CL contributor Lara Americo and news editor Ryan Pitkin were alongside protesters throughout the night and took the pictures in the slideshow below: 

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NBC News releases footage of Keith Lamont Scott's shooting

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 1:53 PM


A video released by NBC News this afternoon reportedly filmed by Keith Lamont Scott's wife shows the moments leading up to and following Scott's shooting at the hands of CMPD officers. The video is rolling at the moment Scott is shot, but does not capture the shooting on screen. 


The video is sure to raise more questions than it answers, as no gun can clearly be seen at any point in the video. Scott's wife, Reykia Scott, does warn police near the beginning of the video that Keith does not have a weapon and that he just took his medicine for a traumatic brain injury, referring to a bicycle wreck Scott suffered a year ago that left him disabled. 

Reykia repeats "he better live" — an expression that had already been used widely on social media as a hashtag just minutes after the video's release — to officers as he lies on the ground of Lexington Circle, where he was waiting for his son to return home from school. 

The shooting sparked protests in Charlotte throughout the last three days that ended in damaged property and a man shot dead in Uptown on Wednesday night. We will update this story with the thoughts of local leaders as it develops. 

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 12:35 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 22, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Soigné: Tephra Vegan Pop-up Dinner at The Art Of Vape
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Dirty Art Club at Snug Harbor

Full Bloom Film Festival in Statesville

Charlotte Auto Fair at Charlotte Motor Speedway

5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche at Warehouse PAC

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