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Late 1996 - Protests erupt over the shooting of James Willie Cooper.
- On November 19, black motorist James Willie Cooper is shot by a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.
- While demonstrations are held in November, protest grows within the black community when the district attorney decides not to prosecute the officer.
- Ben Chavis calls for "Black Monday," a boycott and march to be held on January 27.
- Photo: A member of the community speaks out.