We are bracing for the next round…
Brentley Vinson, the black Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer who shot another black man, Keith Lamont Scott, in September, received life-changing news today.
The District Attorney just announced that no charges will be brought against Vinson, who shot and killed Scott outside of his apartment.
DA Andrew Murray said that evidence revealed Scott as having stepped out of his SUV with a gun. He then went on to ignore at least ten commands to drop the weapon. The gun had been stolen in Gaston County 18 days prior to the deadly event. Scott’s DNA was found all over the weapon, and it was loaded with one bullet. The safety was set to off.
It was rumored that Scott had been holding a reading book rather than a gun. Murray says that no book was found on Scott’s body nor in the front or back seats of the SUV.
Witnesses, who had originally claimed to see the shooting, once said that Scott was definitely unarmed. Later, they came to admit that they had not actually witnessed the event that caused Keith Scott’s death.
Fifteen veteran prosecutors reviewed the evidence, and voted unanimously that there was insufficient evidence to charge Vinson.
After Scott’s death, the city of Charlotte dealt with days of violent riots and protests. Many of the protesters were bused in from out of town.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police are on alert to wait for the City’s reaction to this controversial decision. All specialized units, including the riot squad, have been mobilized.
One professor of criminology, Robert Taylor, from the University of Texas, said that Vinson’s clearing of wrongdoing was an easy call.
Keith Scott was a felon who had suffered a traumatic brain injury. The incident was “cut and dry.”
With racial tension in the air after Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 Presidential Election, officials in Charlotte have cause for concern.
We will continue to monitor the story and provide updates when we have them.
SOURCE: [CHARLOTTE OBSERVER]