No Charges For Brentley Vinson In Unarmed Police Killing of Keith Lamont Scott
The police officer responsible for ending the life of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott will not face any charges for shooting him to death. According to University City, District Attorney Andrew Murray, Brentley Vinson had the right to kill Keith after he ignored at least 10 commands from the five other officers on the scene.
For those who haven’t seen the video, or been able to keep up with the craziness — Scott was in a confrontation with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police outside of his apartment back in September. According to video evidence, Scott stepped out of his SUV with a gun in his hand. A gun, which had been stolen in Gaston County 18 days before the confrontation, had one bullet in the chamber of the gun with the safety off.
District Attorney Andrew Murray said that initial reports of Scott holding a book were untrue. “A reading book was not found in the front or back seats of Mr. Scott’s SUV,” Murray said.
Guns taken from the other officers at the scene had not been fired, and Officer Vinson’s gun had four bullets missing. As the outrage grew online, people on the scene were claiming at the time that they seen the shooting and that Scott was unarmed. This was later proven to be untrue, as three people who made the claim told the agents of the State Bureau of Investigation that they hadn’t actually seen the shooting.
Evidence in the case was shared with 15 veteran prosecutors who were unanimous in their recommendation that there was “insufficient evidence to charge Vinson in the case.” The community of Charlotte was ravaged in the aftermath of Scott’s death, as two nights of rioting and a week of street demonstrations proliferated around the area. Dozens of arrests and the death of one empowered Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency.
H/T: Charlotte Observer