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Mecklenburg DA says no charges will be filed in Keith Scott's shooting death

Posted November 30, 2016

— Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday that he will not press charges against the police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in September.

Scott's family met with prosecutors Wednesday morning before the decision was announced during a lengthy news conference.

Murray detailed many facts of the case before announcing his decision that Officer Brently Vinson would not face charges. Murray said Vinson acted lawfully.

The 43-year-old Scott was sitting in his vehicle in the parking lot of his Charlotte apartment complex when he was shot by police trying to find a different man.

Police body camera video showed officers shouting for Scott to drop a gun numerous times as he slowly backed out of an SUV. Scott's family said he did not have a gun and was reading a book.

However, Murray displayed a nearby store's surveillance video showing the outline of what appeared to be a holstered gun on Scott's ankle, and he discussed other evidence that Scott was armed.

The shooting, part of which was recorded by his wife and shared widely on social media, caused days of violent protests and a state of emergency to be declared in Charlotte.

According to an official autopsy report released two weeks ago, Vinson shot Scott three times, once in the posterior chest, once in the abdomen and once in the left arm.

The toxicology report in the case shows Scott was on a number of sedatives/anticonvulsant drugs at the time of his death. No alcohol or cocaine were found in Scott's system.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation also reviewed Scott's death.


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  • Jacob Young Nov 30, 2016
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    Thanks Tron, Teddy and Robin for citizen journalism. I don't know if WRAL news has an agenda or they are just stretched so thin by having to produce 8 to 10 hours of TV news everyday plus this web site, they can't get the facts that matter into their stories.

    Back in the 1980s WRAL would produce a 30 minute news show at 6:00 or 6:30 am, 30 minutes at noon and then news from 5:00 to 6:30 pm and then 30 minutes at 11:00 pm. That's 3 hours of local news per day.

    WRAL's slogan is "In Pursuit of Excellence". It should be, "In Pursuit of Volume."

  • Kylie Marie Summerling Nov 30, 2016
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    All lives mater, but if you are a piece of garbage who comes at people with weapons then you don't matter at all. Like this guy.

  • Benjamin Kite Nov 30, 2016
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    Black Lives Matter to me. In this specific case though, the BLM movement was wrong to protest. Its just my opinion, and this movement has been right to move recently, except in this one case.

  • Tron Carter Nov 30, 2016
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    Law enforcement also said "while Scott's wife has said he did not own a gun, investigators found text messages between them from a month before where they argued about one."-ABC11

    The wife should be charged with interfering with an investigation. There were other "witnesses" at the scene who said they saw a white officer shoot the criminal. Enough is enough with these "witnesses" who are trying to blame law enforcement for everything. Start locking them up and charging them for lying to detectives and I bet they'll think twice. What a joke.