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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police chief Kerr Putney, right, gestures as Charlotte mayor Jennifer Roberts, left, watches in Charlotte, N.C. Friday during a news conference concerning protests and the investigation into Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
From the porch behind my uncle’s house, I watched my dad shoot a silver handgun at a makeshift target. The series of bullets scattered wood debris as they struck the base of an old oak at the forest’s edge.