CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer near his home in northeast Charlotte.
On this first anniversary of the police shooting of Keith Scott, there was a march through the streets of Uptown, stopping at some of the locations that played a role in the disturbances that followed the shooting.
Under a sweltering sun, about 50 marchers left Marshal Park. Their first stop: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police headquarters.
Among the marchers was Corine Mack, head of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP who said she had not seen much change in the city in the year following the shooting.
Mack said she had met with CMPD Chief Kerr Putney who had listened to the organization's concerns.
"I'm hoping people realize that one man can't make a change. We have to all come together and help make a change.
Marchers also stopped on East Trade Street outside both the Hyatt and Omni hotels where a year ago, violence broke out between CMPD officers and protestors.
A demonstrator named Justin Carr was shot and killed that night outside the Omni. Police said he was shot by Rayquan Borum, another demonstrator, who police say had brought a gun to the demonstration.
Outgoing Mayor Jennifer Roberts was at the march along with the Democratic Mayoral candidate Vi Lyles and Republican mayoral candidate Kenny Smith.
Mack says, going forward, the community will be watching what the winners do.
"We are going to have a new City Couoncil and I'm hoping, though they may be new, that we citizens hold them accountable.
The march Wednesday was peaceful and there were no arrests.
CMPD chief shares what he’d say to Keith Scott’s family
Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of the death of 43-year-old Keith Scott, who was fatally shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer near his home in northeast Charlotte.
A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer killed Scott because he didn't follow orders to drop his gun. The next few nights, there was violence in the streets.
The chief of police revealed to NBC Charlotte's Fred Shropshire what he would tell the Scott family. Shropshire sat down with Chief Kerr Putney to get re got some answers to the lingering questions about the shooting and its fallout.
On Monday, the Scott family released a statement, which said in part:
They remain hopeful that Keith's death will not have been in vain and that meaningful changes will occur within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as it relates to the de-escalation of citizen conflicts and the use of deadly force.
“What do you say to them a year later?” asked Shropshire.
"Those are exactly the steps we're taking based on recommendations," Putney said.
Putney was referring to the recommendations from Charlotte's Citizen Review Board. Back in June, the board sided with Keith Scott's family in its appeal to CMPD's findings his shooting was justified.
Last week, the chief unveiled a number of the board's recommendations he's currently reviewing within his department.
"We've already done an initial de-escalation training for all of our officers," Putney said. "And the body camera. The big thing is around transparency and now everybody from the rank of major all the way to the street cop has a camera on and off duty."
“What do you say to those folks who still have a problem with transparency?” Shropshire asked.
"It would be great if we could have cameras everywhere that you go,” Putney said. “But do you really want a police state?”
“A major part of the conversation that we've had before and that we continue to have, especially following this, is community engagement, right? How do you think the community is doing?" Shropshire asked.
"A lot of people are doing fantastic work,” Putney responded. “Some of the people protesting are now teaching us how to do it even better. You have Heal Charlotte for example. The YMCA with the Summer of Opportunities was a fantastic effort. We have a lot of other organizations that have really stepped up to connect with us."
Putney shared his point-of-view on the protests that took place in St. Louis and the Georgia Tech campus in Atlanta.
"What those images bring back to me is that if you're not careful there is a narrative that can take root that can get out in front of you as a police organization so we've got to be a lot more proactive in getting that message out as well," he said.
"It's not a factor of if this happens again, it's when it happens again you can't control people's animosity toward the police. We saw it happen in the form of rioting and protesting aimed toward your police officers. What do you do differently in those moments?" Shropshire asked.
"We can't control a protest when you have individuals who want to commit crimes under the guise of protests,” Putney said. “Use the protests as their shield, but we're going to hold those people who commit crimes accountable."
When asked if he feels like he is doing enough, Putney said he is never satisfied.
"I told our people and I challenged them to a year ago, 'Lean in, lead with your heart,’” said the chief of police. “Unfortunately, sometimes things don't go our way. Your heart will get broken, but that's ok. The strength of a man or woman is how you get up from being knocked down."