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No charges in fatal Charlotte police shooting of Keith Scott

2016年 12月 1日 Thursday - 00:48

Prosecutors in Charlotte, North Carolina say the police officer who shot and killed a black man in September ''acted lawfully'' and will not face criminal charges. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The police officer who shot and killed a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, in September "acted lawfully" and will not face criminal charges for his use of force, the local district attorney said on Wednesday (November 30). Officer Brentley Vinson reasonably believed he and several other officers faced an imminent threat from Keith Scott, 43, who they saw holding a gun when they confronted him in the parking lot of a Charlotte apartment complex, District Attorney Andrew Murray told a news conference. "After a thorough review, and given the totality of the circumstances and credible evidence in this case, it is my opinion that office Vinson acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Scott. He acted lawfully," Murray said at the briefing. "We cannot know what Mr. Scott's intentions or reasoning were that day and Officer Vinson could not know that at the time. What he saw was a man who had drawn a gun when confronted by police, exited a vehicle with a gun in hand, and failed to comply with officers who commanded him at least ten times to put the gun down." The decision not to prosecute the officer raised fears of fresh protests in Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city and a U.S. banking hub. Scott's death on Sept. 20 sparked a week of sometimes violent demonstrations. Dozens of people were arrested and one person was fatally shot amid the chaos. A man at the news conference said officials could have averted the demonstrations if they had revealed some of their information earlier. "Had ya'll came forward with this information, that he had the gun, you saw where he went inside. bring that to the public, there wouldn't have been a whole lot of protests. The truth shall set you free. Now, these folks that went to jail about the protests because they was hearing other evidence that this man didn't have no gun, but you know he had a gun, and we know it now. Why? Tell me why you couldn't come earlier and keep stuff from happening." But Murray said officials had to wait until the investigation was complete before they could reveal that information. "I know that a lack of accurate information is frustrating to the public and the media that operates on a 24-hour news cycle," Murray said. "I want everyone in this community to know that we meticulously, thoroughly reviewed all of the evidence in this case, made sure it was credible evidence, in order to make the decision we made today." Murray urged calm, noting that 15 career prosecutors in his office reviewed the case and made a unanimous recommendation. "I'd like the community to take a collective pause. the community should read the report, digest the report. Please do not act viscerally on news snippets. Read the report." Scott's family said they were frustrated by prosecutors' conclusions but also called for peaceful protests. "We are profoundly disappointed in their decision not to criminally charge Officer Brantley Vinson for his actions in taking the life of Keith Lamont Scott," the family said in a statement. The shooting made Charlotte another flashpoint in two years of protests over police killings of black men, many of them unarmed, across the country.

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No charges in fatal Charlotte police shooting of Keith Scott

2016年 12月 1日 Thursday - 00:48