CHARLOTTE, NC - A decision has been made concerning the North Carolina Officer who was involved in a deadly shooting in 2016.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department determined Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in shooting and killing Keith Lamont Scott during a confrontation outside an apartment complex Sept. 20, according to a letter the department sent to Scott’s widow.

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Police also said their officer followed proper procedures when he shot Scott last fall, which means an internal review has found that Vinson shouldn’t face termination, suspension or other severe discipline.

Following Scott’s death, riots and street demonstrations roiled Charlotte, which prompted dozens of arrests and pushed former Governor Pat McCrory to declare a state of emergency. 

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An attorney for Scott’s family criticized CMPD, saying the decision shows, “it’s darn near impossible to investigate yourself.”


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