Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant delivered an incredibly powerful speech about the recent police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, as she spoke in front of the Charlotte, N.C., City Council.


As tears streamed down her face, the youngster said it was a shame that “our mothers and fathers are killed” and “that we have to go to their graveyard and bury them.”


“And we have tears. We shouldn’t have tears. We need our fathers and mothers to be by our side,” the nine-year-old said.


“We are black people and we shouldn’t have to feel like this.”


Zianna was speaking at a tense council meeting where residents were vocal about their anger at the way Scott’s death was handled.



Some demanded resignations from Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney.


This was the first meeting since Scott was killed, which saw heated streets protests following his death.


According to the Charlotte Observer, Henry Lee, another resident who spoke at the meeting, said: “The way it was handled, the secrecy, the lies. We don’t deserve this. People are losing their lives, and you are backing these people with these policies."


"You don’t deserve to be the mayor of this fine city. You are on verge of bringing this fine city to its knees — step down.”



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