As Charlotte descended into chaos, Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America” described the riots as “young people rising up and showing their frustrations” as she interviewed President Barack Obama.
Here are some ways these “young people” in Charlotte demonstrated their “frustrations”:
1.) Damaging Businesses
Rioters damaged businesses in the city by breaking in through windows. The NASCAR Hall of Fame and the United Way both said they sustained damage to their properties.
They also broke the windows in the Hilton Garden Inn and shattered the hotel’s front door.
According to cell phone video from a witness, rioters broke into the CVS at the EpiCenter and destroyed the store’s glass door
Who’s protesting or advocating for the innocent people who’s businesses were ransacked and property destroyed in the Charlotte riots?
— Bubba Trump (@gjames_01) September 22, 2016
2.) Assaulting A Reporter
During the riots, one person assaulted CNN reporter Ed Lavendera. While Lavendera reported from the scene of the riots, a rioter came up and ran into Lavendera with his shoulder. (VIDEO: CNN Reporter CNN Reporter Assaulted On Live TV During Charlotte Riots)
Riot police just cleared off hundreds of protestors off of I-277 in Charlotte. Someone threw glass bottle at us pic.twitter.com/kIfywfhkS5
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOX46) September 23, 2016
3.) Trying To Set A Reporter On Fire
Rioters tried to throw a photographer into a fire they created. A livestream from WCCB showed police helping the photographer, showing that he escaped without serious harm. (RELATED: Charlotte Rioters Try To BURN REPORTER ALIVE)
— Chris11962 (@Chris11962) September 22, 2016
4.) Injuring Police Officers
During one night of riots, approximately 12 officers got injured. One officer got hit in the face by a rock.
5.) Injuring Each Other
Justin Carr, 26, died from a gunshot injury during a night of riots. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers arrested a suspect in Carr’s shooting Friday morning. According to police, the suspect is Rayquan Borum, a black man.
Funniest thing about the #CharlotteRiots is how another black life was lost and everyone just shrugged. Low expectations, indeed.
— Ricky Vaughn (@Ricky_Vaughn99) September 23, 2016
6.) Damaging Police Property
Rioters spray-painted police cars and smashed several of their front windows.
7.) Ruining Fundraising Event
Due to the nature of the riots, a fundraiser for an organization, Care Ring, that provides free healthcare services for those in need, had to be canceled. According to the organization’s director, canceling the fundraiser means a loss of almost $100,000.
8.) Assaulting White Bystanders
According to videos, protesters attacked white people during the riots. A mob of protesters dragged and assaulted a white man.
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