A black Charlotte police officer who shot and killed a black armed man at an apartment complex will not face charges, a North Carolina prosecutor, Andrew Murray, said today.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg DA Murray determined that Officer Brentley Vinson's actions in killing Keith Lamont Scott were justified.
Basically, what the officer did was to protect himself and the lives of other officers by shooting Scott, who was ordered about ten times to drop the gun he held in his hand.
Hopefully, this will be the end of BLM protests along with others who see all blacks, regardless of the situation, as victims of police brutality . . . but I doubt it.
Scott's wife said that her husband was not armed when he was shot--this proved to be false. Others said that the officer who shot Scott was white--this proved to be a lie. Some say Scott was merely holding a book when he exited the vehicle, had his hands in the air when he was shot--this proved to be another lie by a witness who wasn't actually on or near the scene.
"We cannot know what Scott's intention was that day," Murray said.
I would guess that a man with a gun, cocked with a round in the chamber, after smoking pot and having taken medication that often causes aggressive behavior, may have had bad intentions.
Murray held a news conference and showed a nearby store's surveillance video that indicated what appeared to be a holstered gun in a holster on Scott's ankle. All four cops at the scene agreed that Scott had a gun and held it in his hand. Even before the incident, Officer Vinson informed another officer that he saw Scott with a gun.
After Scott was shot, the gun fell to the ground. It was cocked and a round chambered.
Scott's DNA was found on the slide and grip of the gun. It was illegally purchased on September 2nd, Murray explained. "Basically, the seller saw, what we all saw, the video of the incident and said, 'I know that guy and I know that gun,'" he said.
But nothing, absolutely nothing, will matter to people who want to protest for the sake of protesting something, anything that will help them feel morally superior, or simply express free-floating hatred.
Scott's final moments were videod by his wife, Rakeyia, and she shared it with the world on social media. She is heard screaming to police that her husband "doesn't have a gun." She was wrong or she was lying--I prefer to believe the former.
Following the shooting there were two nights of violent protests, including a fatal shooting in downtown Charlotte the next night. The city had to institute a curfew to keep violent protesters from protesting what they called violence by police.