Keith Lamont Scott

On September 20, 2016, Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, was shot and killed by a Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer, also a black man. Protests and riots erupted in Charlotte following the fatal shooting. Here you will find WFAE's coverage of the shooting and its aftermath.

Demonstrators line up by the convention center.
David Boraks / WFAE

The police killing of Keith Scott last September brought several nights of sometimes violent demonstrations uptown. So Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police hired a consultant to examine their operations and community relations. This week, reviewers from The Police Foundation of Washington, DC, make their first visit, with a public meeting Wednesday night. 

CMPD Reflects On Crime In 2016 And Keith Scott Shooting

Jan 31, 2017
Michael Tomsic

CMPD reports a more than 10 percent increase in homicides and other violent crimes last year compared to the year before and to Mecklenburg County's five-year average.

Tom Bullock / WFAE

Monday night about 100 people gathered in a room to talk. Some were members of the public, others uniformed members of the CMPD.

The event was put on by the city of Charlotte to address a vexing question: how to build public trust in police?

Charlotte City Council members voted unanimously Monday night to add one more item to their 2017 lobbying priorities: Seeking legislation to give Charlotte's Police Review Board subpoena power.  It's one of the proposals to arise after the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September.

Protesters in uptown Charlotte on the day after the police killing of Keith Lamont Scott.
David Boraks / WFAE

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department's actions in the aftermath of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting are about to face an outside review. A Washington, D.C., group called The Police Foundation will conduct the review. In this report, WFAE’s David Boraks looks at some of The Police Foundation’s history and what we can - and can’t – expect from the assessment of CMPD.

Michael Tomsic

Protesters marched through uptown Wednesday night after the Mecklenburg County district attorney announced no charges in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Amid the anger, there was also a conversation between a demonstrator and a police officer who have both become familiar faces at protests.

Mecklenburg District Attorney Andrew Murray announces no charges will be filed in the police shooting of Keith Scott.
David Boraks / WFAE

The Charlotte Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed an African-American man in September will not face any charges. Mecklenburg County’s district attorney said Tuesday all the evidence supports officer Brentley Vinson’s claim that he felt threatened.

CMPD officer Vinson (bottom left) speaks to police officers in September 2016 about the shooting of Keith Scott. CMPD decided no discipline was warranted in the shooting, which spawned protests uptown and in the University City area.
CMPD video

 

CMPD officer Brentley Vinson will not be charged in the shooting death of Keith Scott.

"After a thorough review and given the totality of the circumstances and credible evidence, it is my opinion that officer Vinson acted lawfully," Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murrays said during a press conference Tuesday morning.

No Charges In Keith Scott Shooting

Nov 30, 2016
David Boraks / WFAE

No charges will be brought against Charlotte police officer Brentley Vinson in the September fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott. Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray made the announcement at a press conference in which he detailed the shooting and extensive investigation.

A toxicology report is out on police shooting victim Keith Lamont Scott, and it's lacking a key piece of information: A test for marijuana. That’s important, because police said they confronted Scott after they saw him rolling a joint. 

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