Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson, the officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott in September, will not face charges. The district attorney said at a press conference today "that all evidence suggests [Scott] was armed at the time of his death."
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson acted in self-defense when he shot and killed the 43-year-old on Sept. 20, said Andrew Murray, Mecklenburg County's district attorney, at a Wednesday press conference.Except: Scott is not accused pointing a weapon at police, and, as I have previously noted, North Carolina is an open-carry state, so it's unclear how, even if Scott were indeed armed, that would constitute an immediate threat to officers in an open-carry state.
"It's a justified shooting based on the totality of the circumstances," he said, adding that Vinson "acted lawfully."
interesting here, DA says Keith Lamont Scott did not raise the gun - meaning a threatening look and gun in hand enough to justify shooting— Wesley Lowery (@WesleyLowery) November 30, 2016
Over and over, we see that gun ownership laws, whether they are stand your ground laws, self-defense laws, castle doctrine laws, or open carry laws, simply are not applied equally to white gun owners and nonwhite gun owners. And that is racism, pure and simple. Deadly racism.