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The Latest: Review board splits on fatal police shooting

Posted August 10

— The Latest on a citizens review board hearing into the decision by a North Carolina police chief that his officer's fatal shooting of an armed black man was justified (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A citizens review board won't ask a North Carolina police department to reverse its decision that an officer was justified in shooting a black man in the state's largest city.

The board announced Thursday that the vote was evenly split 4-4, so it won't issue a finding on whether the shooting was justified.

The board will instead issue confidential recommendations for policy changes at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The board heard testimony for two days behind closed doors in the September 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, which set off unrest in the city after his wife's video of the confrontation was posted on social media.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police previously said the shooting by Officer Brentley Vinson was justified, and the district attorney decided separately against filing charges.

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10 a.m.

A citizens review board is hearing final arguments over the decision by a North Carolina police force that the fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer was justified.

The board heard testimony for two days behind closed doors in the September 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The board was hearing closing statements Thursday before starting deliberations.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the shooting by Officer Brentley Vinson was justified. The district attorney said separately that no charges would be filed against the black officer.

The board is reviewing the police department's internal investigation and procedures. Its findings won't have authority over the district attorney's decision.

In June, the review board said it found a potential error in the police department's decision. The board hasn't publicly identified the error.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that the officer who shot the man is black.

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