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Just days before the first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump and with polls showing a tightening of the race in key battleground states, national attention has been riveted on the streets of Charlotte, North Carolina after the fatal shooting of a black man by a black law enforcement officer.

But while the incident, along with another in Tulsa, Oklahoma is newsworthy, it may be receiving increased attention from the media because of its value in energizing the minority vote for Clinton as she tries to succeed the first African-American president, Barack Obama.

Retired Westchester County, New York District Attorney, prosecutor and judge Jeanine Pirro, went on the record saying that the riots seen over three nights in Charlotte were created by “anarchists” who went to the city with the specific purpose of “making trouble.”

Pirro put the riots in perspective, saying, “They need this narrative. This is all about the election.”

A police spokesman said that 70 percent of those arrested on the second night of the rioting were not from the Charlotte area.

Pirro said that the riots serve the purpose of driving the pro-Clinton vote, pointing out the irony of African-Americans rioting, burning and looting within their own communities.

“They go around the country and make trouble and it’s the people in the community who suffer. ... The African-Americans who are victims of black-on-black crime.”

The city of 800,000 has a 35 percent African-American population.

The Clinton campaign has not been able to generate the enthusiasm and passion created by Barack Obama in the 2008 and 2012 elections, and has been surprised by Trump’s willingness to go into black communities to speak directly with what has long been considered the automatic constituency of the Democrats.

The incident and the ensuing rioting will no doubt be raised by moderator Lester Holt at the debate on Monday night at Hofstra University, which is expected to draw a record viewing audience.

 

 

 

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