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NAACP: Charlotte is just as racist as Ferguson, Missouri

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NAACP Charlotte leaders are calling for change, saying that the same racial hostility that exists in Ferguson, Missouri can be found in Charlotte.

"Charlotte is still, to me, the most racist place I ever lived in my life," said NAACP Charlotte President, Kojo Nantambu.

During a press conference Thursday, Nantambu spoke about the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, who was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.

"Police are supposed to be protecting us, but they are killing us instead," Nantambu said.

Nantambu also praised the way that CMPD handled the Ferrell investigation.

CMPD Officer Randall Kerrick was almost immediately charged with voluntary manslaughter. Investigators say Ferrell was unarmed and shot ten times.

Despite the violent act, Charlotte avoided the type of unrest that can currently be found in Ferguson.

Thursday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said "operational shifts" are ahead for law enforcement in the St. Louis suburb where a police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

Nixon spoke at a meeting of clergy and community members to discuss law enforcement's response to demonstrations over the killing in the town of Ferguson.

Thursday night, over 100 people gathered at Charlotte's Marshall Park, to hold a moment of silence for victims of police brutality.

"A lot of people are trying to make it a race factor and it's not just that. This is more or less to stop police brutality in all," said Charlotte resident Teshia Norman.

Copyright 2014 WBTV. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.

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