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.

Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE News

The Charlotte Citizens Review Board is now holding a hearing on last year's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. 

Gwendolyn Glenn / WFAE

The fatal police shooting last year of Keith Lamont Scott will get another hearing Tuesday before Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board. At a hearing in June the board determined that substantial evidence existed that police officials were mistaken in calling the shooting justified. 

The officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott last September might now face consequences. CMPD initially cleared officer Brentley Vinson of any wrongdoing, but now the city’s Citizens’ Review Board says CMPD may have erred. An attorney for the Scott family, Charles Monnett,  says Scott’s widow is pleased with the announcement, and that together they look forward to presenting their full case at a follow up hearing in August.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE-FM

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is standing by its internal investigation that found last year's shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was justified. That comes a day after the city's Citizen Review Board found the department may have been wrong.

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

By a vote of 8-2, Charlotte’s CitizenS Review Board decided that evidence exists that CMPD officials were wrong when they said last year’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott was justified.

Changes are coming to Charlotte's Citizens Review Board. That's the group which hears appeals of disciplinary decisions involving CMPD officers. The board has been criticized following high-profile police shootings over the past couple of years in which officers weren't punished, such as the killing of Keith Scott last September.

Victims' advocates want more diversity and better training for review board members, two changes the Charlotte City Council adopted Monday night.  

Lisa Worf / WFAE

The family of Keith Lamont Scott is appealing a CMPD evaluation that found Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in last September's fatal shooting and will not face internal discipline.

An attorney for the Scott family is asking the Citizens Review Board to review the decision, saying the fatal shooting was not justified and did not conform with CMPD's policies and procedures.

Nick de la Canal / WFAE

The Charlotte Fraternal Order of Police is calling on city leaders to give officers more substantial raises, saying it would be a good first step in giving officers support that they feel has been lacking in recent months.

The Police Foundation review team at Wednesday's meeting, from left: chief operating officer Blake Norton, Roberto Villasenor, Frank Straub, and the Rev. Jeffrey Brown.
David Boraks / WFAE

A team of outside reviewers is in Charlotte this week to begin examining procedures and community relations at Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department. The Police Foundation's first public meeting Wednesday night was billed as a "listening session," but there were lots of questions, too.

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. 

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