Community members in North Charleston, South Carolina — the city where a white cop fatally shot an unarmed black man Saturday — shared stories of feeling victimized by police during a rally Wednesday morning.
Some of the dozens of people rallying in front of North Charleston City Hall praised the release of cellphone video showing the officer, Michael Slager, firing at Walter Scott eight times. But they said they were worried about similar shootings of unarmed citizens being ignored because there weren't captured on camera.
“If you have a camera and you see someone being pulled over … let’s let police know that we’re going to be stopping and recording every single time,” an organizer told the crowd. “That’s our ‘Do Shoot’ campaign.”
Another speaker, a 25-year-old mother of two, said demonstrators — chanting "Black lives matter" and "All lives matter" — will remain peaceful.
"So we're here, we're standing strong, we want to know if we're going to get a conviction here. ... You got video, you got everything you need," she said. "Let's see."
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