MICHAEL Jordan has asked for calm amidst civil unrest in Charlotte following the death of Keith Lamont Scott.
The Charlotte Hornets owner offered his condolences to the family of Scott, a black man fatally shot by police, and expressed his concern over the situation in North Carolina’s capital city.
“First, I want to express my condolences to the Scott family for their loss. I also wish for a full recovery to those who have been injured,” Jordan said in a news release.
“In light of the tragic events of the past three days, it is more important than ever that we restore calm and come together, as a community, in peaceful demonstration and conversation, and in constructive and non-violent ways. As part of the fabric of Charlotte, the Hornets organization is committed to working with civic leaders, our elected leaders and law enforcement to foster more trust, transparency and understanding so we can heal and grow together as a community.”
The 43-year-old Scott was accosted by police who were searching for another man with an outstanding warrant before he was shot and killed last Sept. 20.
The latest killing of a person of color by authorities is the latest symbol of what critics claim to be an excessive use of force by authorities in the US.
Five police officers and nine people have been injured in violent protests on the streets of Charlotte, following the incident, prompting Governor Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency.
The Hornets team shop was not spared during the unrest and was extensively damaged and has been vandalized.
Earlier this summer, Jordan made a $1 million pledge to the Institute for Community-Police Relations and another million to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Hall of Famer is also a victim of senseless violence. In 1993, Jordan's father, James Jordan, was killed by two teenagers during a roadside robbery.