CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An internal review board in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has determined the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by an officer was justified, reported CNN. This after the county prosecutor had already cleared the officer in November.
In a report released to Scott’s family Friday, the actions of Officer Brentley Vinson on September 20, 2016, were ruled to be lawful and in accordance with department policy.
This comes as no surprise to most people that heard police officers on scene order Scott to “drop the gun” about nine times on video recorded during the encounter.
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The Independent Shooting Review Board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department issued the report.
“The board concluded that Officer Vinson’s use of deadly force by discharging his service weapon when faced with Mr. Scott’s action of exiting his vehicle armed with a handgun, and refusing to drop the firearm after numerous commands to do so, was a justified use of force pursuant to CMPD policy.”
Justin Bamberg, the Scott family attorney, said they would appeal the decision to the Citizens Review Board.
“While disappointed, we are not surprised that CMPD’s review of itself found that departmental policies were followed,” Bamberg said in a statement.
But CMPD is not the only organization to clear Vinson. The district attorney previously cleared him in November.
Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray declined to prosecute Vinson for the shooting in an apartment complex parking lot. The killing led to protests and drew national attention. Sadly, it was simply a false narrative that was perpetuated by people ignoring facts and the reality of police responsibility.
Scott’s widow had told officers he did not have a gun and that he had a traumatic brain injury. His family said Scott was reading a book when the encounter began. However, it was a .380 semi-auto handgun that Scott possessed, not a book as was floated by people that did not want to hear facts. Police said no book was found.
(Feature image courtesy Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Facebook page)