Police Shootings

Charlotte officer justified by peers in fatal shooting

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s internal review board has chosen to legitimize the conduct of one of its own, and to clear him of any wrongdoing, in the fatal shooting last September of Keith Lamont Scott, the Charlotte Observer reports.

Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in killing Scott, according to a report drafted by the police department’s “Independent Shooting Review Board” and delivered to the Scott family Friday (and made public by WSOC – TV).

And while the review board took seven months to deliver its report, Mecklenburg County’s district attorney R. Andrew Murray wasted no time in declaring just two months after officer Vinson fatally shot Scott, in his report also published by WSCO – TV, that Vinson had “acted lawfully.”

We are currently conducting our own review of the internal review board’s investigation. Stay tuned for updates on our progress.