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Girl, 9, cries during plea over US police shooting


Zianna Oliphant was spurred on during the appeal

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Girl, 9, cries during plea over US police shooting

Zianna Oliphant breaks down as she tells officials black people “shouldn’t have to protest” over the issue.

A nine-year-old girl broke down in tears as she made an emotional plea for an end to fatal police shootings of black suspects.

Speaking at a forum in Charlotte, North Carolina, Zianna Oliphant told officials that black people “shouldn’t have to protest” over the issue.

Her appeal followed a week of demonstrations in Charlotte over the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

It comes as an unarmed black man died after being shot by a police officer in El Cajon, San Diego, on Tuesday.

Zianna, 9, said: “I’ve come here to talk about how I feel.

“I feel like we are treated differently than other people and I don’t like how we are treated … just because of our colour.”

After breaking down in tears, the girl said: “We shouldn’t have to protest because you are treating us wrong.

“We do this because we need to have rights.

“I’ve been born and raised in Charlotte and I never felt this way until now.”

She added: “We have tears and we shouldn’t have tears.”

The forum was the first Charlotte city council meeting since the death of Mr Scott, who police say was “absolutely in possession of a handgun” at the time of the shooting.

Police released dashboard and body camera footage of the incident after a state of emergency was called in Charlotte.

Fears over police violence in the US have prompted Serena Williams to speak out.

In a Facebook post, the US tennis star quoted Martin Luther King and promised: “I won’t be silent”.

She said: “I am a total believer that not every one is bad.

“It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.”

Williams added: “Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives?

“But I realised we must stride on – for it’s not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.”

source : Sky News

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