Photo: Riots broke out in Charlotte for days after the shooting.
The Independent Shooting Review Board has reviewed the report and determined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer who shot and killed Keith Scott was justified.
“Instead of defending an ex-con that attacked a police officer and insulting minority police officers throughout this country that are making a difference in their community, the NAACP should commend Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson.”
The Scott family says that they will appeal the board’s decision to the Citizen’s Review Board.
The Mecklenburg County’s district attorney already cleared Charlotte Metro Police Officer Brentley Vinson of any wrongdoing last November.
Vinson and several other undercover officers were preparing to serve outstanding warrants on another suspect in a northwest Charlotte complex when they saw Scott in a white SUV.
The officers decided to approach Scott after one of the officers observed him rolling a marijuana blunt, and at one point, said he lifted a small handgun.
In the report, Vinson said, “I felt like if I didn’t do anything right then at that point, it’s like, he was gonna shoot me or he’s going to shoot one of my buddies and it was gonna happen right now so I reacted.”
Vinson fired his gun four times.
The independent board felt Vinson’s actions were justified because Scott exited his vehicle with a gun and refused officer’s commands.
The full report can be read here.