Prose­cu­tor clears of­fi­cer in man’s death, says man armed

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

A prose­cu­tor on Wed­nes­day cleared a Char­lotte police of­fi­cer in the killing of a black man whose death touched off civil un­rest, and he pre­sented de­tailed ev­i­dence to re­but as­ser­tions that the slain man was un­armed.

Of­fi­cer Brent­ley Vin­son was jus­ti­fied in open­ing fire on Keith Scott and won’t face charges, Char­lot­teMeck­len­burg District At­tor­ney An­drew Mur­ray said.

In a 40-minute news pre­sen­ta­tion to news re­porters, Mur­ray pro­duced ev­i­dence that Keith Scott was armed with a hand­gun and the of­fi­cer who killed him feared Scott would shoot.

The an­nounce­ment “pro­foundly dis­ap­pointed” Scott’s fam­ily, but they haven’t de­cided whether to file a law­suit, their lawyer said.

Scott, 43, was killed Sept. 20 in the park­ing lot of an apart­ment com­plex. Much of Mur­ray’s pre­sen­ta­tion cen­tered on the gun and de­bunk­ing wit­nesses who said Scott wasn’t armed.

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