A candlelight vigil for Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot and killed by Charlotte police Tuesday night, has turned into protests and riots that resulted in some people injured and one person shot in the head. North Carolina governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte due to the riots and police have been trying to control certain sections of the crowd by firing canisters of tear gas as a part of riot control.
During these trying times in Charlotte, Michael Jordan has issued a statement offering condolences to the Scott family for their loss and a 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 is asking for non-violence in these demonstrations and says his organization is committed to helping city officials, civil activists, and law enforcement foster trust in the community. From the Hornets:
"First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured.
"In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community."
Jordan recently spoke out about police violence, what's happening in the African-American community, and activism throughout the United States. He even donated $2 million to causes on both sides of the issue with $1 million going to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and $1 million going to the Institute for Community-Police Relations.
For the latest coverage of the North Carolina riots, check out CBS News.