Some African-American community leaders in Charlotte say the decision not to charge a police officer in the shooting death of a black man was legal, but not right.
North Carolina NAACP President William Barber says it appears the police officers shoot quicker at black people than others.
Community groups want a full federal investigation into the shooting of Keith Scott by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson. They also want Charlotte police to change their policies to encourage officers to use non-deadly force and improve their negotiating skills and train them to work on deescalating confrontations before they turn deadly.
Protests broke out after the announcement:
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Charlotte police say they’re having an independent review of their policies, and will release body camera footage when people are seriously hurt or killed by officers as soon as possible.
Original post: 12/1/16
A North Carolina prosecutor says a Charlotte police officer acted lawfully when he shot and killed a black man in a case that touched off several nights of unrest in the city. The prosecutor today announced that officer Brent Vinson won’t face charges. Vinson, who also is black, shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott on Sept. 20. Scott was sitting in his vehicle at an apartment complex when he was confronted by officers. Police video showed officers shouting for Scott to drop a gun numerous times. Scott’s family has said he was not armed. But the prosecutor says evidence indicates that he did, in fact, have a gun.