Charlotte violence: Former Carolina Panther, York Co. sheriff candidate urges unity

Michael Scurlock
Michael Scurlock

Michael Scurlock, former York County deputy, sheriff candidate and Carolina Panther who is a friend of the Charlotte police officer who shot a man Tuesday prompting protests in Charlotte, urged the community to come together in the wake of the shooting.

Scurlock said he met Charlotte officer Brentley Vinson, 26, the officer involved, years ago at a Bible study group and called Vinson after the incident to offer his support and prayers. Scurlock said that he has the family of Keith Lamont Scott, who was killed, in his prayers.

Both families, Scurlock said, are going through a “tough situation.”

Scurlock, who lives in Fort Mill, was running for sheriff in the November election earlier this year as an independent write-in candidate, but dropped his bid after he was unable to get the required number of signatures to get on the ballot. His campaign was focused on breaking down racial divisions that Scurlock said are dividing the country.

A police public information officer dealing with the media during his years as a deputy, Scurlock appeared on national television Wednesday on the CNN midday news program with anchor Brooke Baldwin, and is scheduled to appear again Thursday during the same segment that airs starting at 2 p.m.

“We have to take this opportunity to bring people together, rather than focus on division,” Scurlock said after the CNN interview.