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1996 - Shooting of James Willie Cooper

A community member speaks out.
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90s Charlotte 1990-1999

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.