Peaceful protests held in Charlotte after news that officer won’t be charged...

Peaceful protests held in Charlotte after news that officer won’t be charged in deadly shooting

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Members of the group Charlotte Uprising marched in Charlotte on Wednesday night holding a banner that read: "How to get away with murder: Become a cop." (Moose Cooper/Facebook)

WASHINGTON – Protesters again took to the streets of Charlotte, N.C. Wednesday night – hours after the district attorney announced he would not file charges against the police officer who fatally shot a black man with a traumatic brain injury in September.

Officer Brentley Vinson, 26, “acted lawfully” when he shot Keith Lamont Scott, 43, in the parking lot of an apartment complex as his wife videotaped the incident with her cell phone, Mecklenburg County District Attorney R. Andrew Murray announced Wednesday morning. Vinson is also black.

Keith Lamont Scott Facebook)
Keith Lamont Scott (Facebook)

The Sept. 20 shooting sparked violent protests in Charlotte that prompted the governor to declare a state of emergency in the city and triggered peaceful demonstrations in several other cities.

In contrast to the some of the violent protests that occurred after the shooting, Wednesday night’s demonstrations were peaceful. Protesters braved rain to march from police headquarters to the location where protester Justin Carr, 26, was shot dead by a bystander two days after Scott was killed. Rayquan Borum, 21, is charged with first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in that Carr’s death.

The demonstrations were mostly orderly. (Moose Cooper/Facebook)
The demonstrations were mostly orderly. (Moose Cooper/Facebook)

Members of a group called Charlotte Uprising, who held a news conference after the district attorney’s announcement, marched carrying a large banner that read: “How to get away with murder: Become a cop.”

Other demonstrators wore T-shirts that read: “Stop killing black people.”

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department reported that four protesters were arrested.

 

Police said in another tweet that they did not object to the demonstrations.

 

Earlier an attorney for the Scott family, Charles G. Monnett III, urged the community to react “lawfully and peacefully” to the district attorney’s decision.

Officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Constructive Conversation Teams interacted with protesters Wednesday night, "listening to concerns, answering questions and engaging in conversations." (CMPD)
Officers from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Constructive Conversation Teams interacted with protesters Wednesday night, “listening to concerns, answering questions and engaging in conversations.” (CMPD)

 

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