The ongoing riots in Charlotte have caused massive damage to property and the community.
Multiple police officers have been injured while responding to the protesters.
While NFL players like Colin Kaepernick have a tendency to stoke the fire of the anti-police narrative, Carolina Panther Cam Newton, who lives in Charlotte, is taking a different approach.
In a press conference, Newton commented on Charlotte and what he thinks needs to happen as a result of police shootings, via the Panthers. He said, in part:
“I’m an African American. I’m not happy what or how justice has been dealt with over the years — the state of oppression in our community. But we also as black people have to do right by ourselves, we can’t be hypocrites.
I say that on one voice and also another voice that when you go public or when things happen in the community, it’s not the fact that things are happening, it’s the way they’re being treated after they’re happening.
When you get a person who does some unjust things or killing an innocent person, killing fathers, killing people who have actual families, that’s real. I have a son. And a daughter I’m responsible for. And how they feel if one day they come home and there’s no more daddy? We need people to be held accountable is that’s all.”
“It doesn’t matter the race. I don’t see that through a black/white lens. I could look at you and be around you and I can tell if you’re a good person. There’s good people that doesn’t have a badge on, there’s good people that has a badge on.
We all know people who are in the police department. And we also know bad people that’s civilians, and just bad people who are police officers. That’s just life as a whole.
We all have to as United States citizens, just have to [be] accountable for what we do.”
The quarterback also explained how he has a problem with officers being put on administrative leave and getting paid following a police shooting.
At the same time, Newton added, “When you look at the most dangerous cities in America. You know Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Miami, Louisiana. I know from being a black person there’s a lot black people who don’t do right by black people, so you can’t be a hypocrite and say, ‘Oh well, a white man or a white police officer just killed a black man.'”