Little girl takes plea to Charlotte leaders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WDTN) — As hundreds of neighbors, family, and friends remember a man gunned down by Charlotte Police, a little girl is making headlines by voicing her concerns.

Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant gave an emotionally charged speech at a Charlotte city council meeting Monday.

“We are black people and we should not have to feel like this. We shouldn’t have to protest because ya’ll are treating us wrong. We do this because we need to and have rights,” passionately stated Zianna Oliphant.

The little girl wanted to talk to the mayor after seeing the news that Keith Lamont Scott, a black man had been shot by police. The deadly shooting sparked protests, some of which have turned violent.

With a tearful plea, she said this case has touched her and something needs to be done.

“That’s important to me, and I just want her to know and how I feel about what’s going on in the world. I felt sad. There was reason for them to do anything to him,” said Zianna.

“This is not something that we have any hatred in our hearts in regard to the officers. We just hate the unfairness in our country,” said Precious Oliphant, Zianna’s mom.

Since the shooting death of Scott, Charlotte Police have released three videos of the incident. Scott’s family said the videos don’t prove he had a weapon. Police, on the other hand, said they recovered a gun with DNA evidence from the scene. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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