Charlotte Nights

PhotographerBill Kotsatos
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

Coverage of the events following the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. In the chaos and confusion that followed the facts of the case came forth as slowly as the clouds of tear gas dissipated. Marked by frustration, anger, feelings of injustice and quite frankly — being sick of it all — the nights empowered those in the streets as much as they terrified. During the day they were lawyers and doctors, students and small business owners, parents and plumbers and much more but here they were protesters. Yet like in other mass protests some assumed the role of demonstrator, taking steps that defied law enforcement that they either escaped or not.