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    Charlotte Officer Cleared in Shooting Death of Keith Lamont Scott

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    Charlotte, North Carolina police officer Brentley Vinson will not face charges for shooting and killing Keith Lamont Scott during a confrontation in September. District Attorney Andrew Murray ruled that Vinson was justified in shooting the 43-year-old black man, whose death triggered two days of massive protests in the city.

    Vinson, who is also African-American, has been on administrative duty since the shooting and has only been with the department for two years. 

    The five officers present at Scott’s shooting claimed that he was armed during the incident, and while Scott’s family maintains that he did not have a weapon, Murray said that evidence indicated otherwise. The attorney reported that  surveillance video from a nearby store showed Scott exiting his vehicle with a gun his hand and disregarding at least ten police commands to drop the weapon.

    The gun in question was stolen from nearby Gaston County over two weeks before the shooting, according to Murray, adding that Scott’s DNA was found on the weapon’s ammunition slide and grip, and that the safety was off with a bullet in the chamber. 

    After the shooting, one of Scott’s family members claimed on Facebook that Scott was holding a book instead of a gun, but the Charlotte Observer quotes Murray saying, "A reading book was not found in the front or back seats of Mr. Scott’s SUV."

    At the news conference Murray  stated "It is my opinion that Officer Vinson acted lawfully when he shot Keith Scott," adding that the ruling was unanimously agreed upon by 15 prosecutors. Murray noted that he met with members of Scott’s family on Wednesday, saying they were "gracious". 

    The shooting exacerbated tensions between the Mecklenburg County Police Department and Charlotte’s African-American community, which finds itself not benefitting from the city’s rapid economic growth. Protests that followed saw demonstrators clashing with police, resulting in an officer being injured and at least one fatal shooting. 

    Department spokesman Keith Trietley said in a statement that plainclothes officers first arrived at Scott’s apartment at 4 pm in search of a suspect with an outstanding warrant when they spotted Scott in his SUV with marijuana and a gun. After the shooting he was pronounced dead at Carolinas Medical Center, his autopsy reports the cause of death as gunshot wounds to the abdomen and back.


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    • Adrienne Adonis
      It's pretty obvious Lamont was a thug carrying a gun. His family even lied about his gun possession. What the protestors did not realize was that it was a black cop who shot Lamont. The protestors and family assumed it was a white cop.
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      this decision is going to make a lot of people 'happy'. (sarcasm)
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      Another innocent armed thug gunned down by cops. When do people not learn or are they just stupid. Pull a gun in front of a cop will get you filled with holes period!!! I am tired of these thugs being the victim although he pulled a gun and wouldn't listen to the cops as their life was in danger. But Hillary and friends are behind a conspiracy theory about cops shooting blacks and the real problem is racist whites hiding behind a badge. This isn't 1960s Birmingham AL!!! The cops are only doing their job but dude was firing one up while having a warrant. Then the cops show up to take him in and he has to pull a gun and not listen getting himself killed by a person of his own color. Why are police held to such a strict rule for use of force yet a civilian that did the same atleast in many states would be let off on the spot for self-defense??? But as society failed the poor guy as the underpaid cops should have smoked one with him and just talked it out is that what these looters think. They need to send in the national guard along with bayonets attached and put a stop to this looting and riots. If the city is afraid to put its foot down then just send in the national guard with m-16 to snuff out these problems.The people are tired of this crap and the race card being thrown into the mix as they have cried wolf one too many times.
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