Board recesses hearing in fatal police shooting

Isaac Cain
August 10, 2017

The Charlotte Citizens Review Board will reconvene Thursday in the case of CMPD officer Brentley Vinson, the officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott past year.

The board listened to about eight hours of testimony behind closed doors Tuesday in the September 2016 shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police have said the shooting by Officer Brentley Vinson, who is black, was justified. It didn't say publicly what that error might have been.

Officer Brentley Vinson killed Scott outside a University City apartment complex in September, sparking days of protests and dozens of arrests in the city.

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In June, the CRB ruled that there was "substantial evidence of error" in CMPD's decision that the shooting was justified in an 8-2 decision.

"It has to be progress when we had nothing before, at least we have them hearing this particular case", said Corine Mack, President of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg NAACP. She stood next to a man whose sign read "Justice for Keith Lamont Scott". A board attorney said the panel would seek additional information at the hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

The Citizens Review Board provides civilian oversight to the police department's disciplinary process. The district attorney said separately that no charges would be filed against the black officer.

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