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Arrests at protests in Charlotte following decision on Keith Lamont Scott shooting

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Rufina Vignone | 02 Dicembre, 2016, 12:29

"Mostly peaceful" anti-police protestors turned up in downtown Charlotte last night to denounce the (frankly obvious) decision make by prosecutors to not file criminal charges againstCharlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer Brantley Vinson for the death of armed felon Keith Lamont Scott.

R. Andrew Murray, the district attorney for Mecklenburg County, said during a lengthy news conference Wednesday that Vinson was justified in using deadly force against Scott, saying that he feared for his life and those of his fellow officers.

Both Scott and the officer who shot him, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson, are black.

The Sept. 20 shooting made Charlotte, North Carolina's largest city and a us banking hub, another flashpoint in two years of protests over police killings of black men, many of them unarmed, across the country.

Scott, 43, was killed September 20 when police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road. Vinson then shoots Scott four times.

Scott's family has said he was not armed. At that point, officers deemed Scott a threat and Vinson fired his weapon.

Much of Murray's presentation centered on the gun and on debunking witnesses who said Scott hadn't been armed.

The fact that the officer is also black doesn't matter, some Charlotte residents said.

Murray said there was no evidence that Scott raised the weapon, but he said that officers are put in real danger when a suspect has a gun in his hand. "And those are two completely different things", Bamberg said.

Scott's wife, Rakeyia, told reporters and investigators her husband had no gun.

The report also concluded that Scott may have been under the effects of drugs prescribed to him as officers said Scott appeared to have a "blank stare" and appeared to be "in a trance like state". Officers said he had a loaded.380 semiautomatic handgun, and a holster strapped to his ankle.

No charges will be filed in the death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott on September 20. "We still have real questions about what decisions were made that day", such as whether police could have used better de-escalation techniques that may have prevented Scott's death.

Charlotte police say they're having an independent review of their policies, and will release body camera footage when people are seriously hurt or killed by officers as soon as possible.

"Mrs. Scott has maintained with interviews with SBI and the media that Mr. Scott did not have a gun", Murray said.

Charles Monnett, the Scott family attorney, said the family is reviewing the evidence, but they still have concerns.

The case was among a series across the country since mid-2014 that has spurred a national debate over race and policing. Mr. Scott was never shot with his hands up or while holding a book, did indeed purchase a stolen gun and was a convicted felon.

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