Charlotte police shooting

Keith Lamont Scott’s violent past

Featured image I still don’t know for sure whether, as police say, Keith Lamont Scott was brandishing a weapon when he was shot or, as his wife says, he was unarmed. But the more we learn about Mr. Scott, the more clear it becomes that this was a violent and dangerous man. And as we learn about his wife, we realize that she was one of his victims. I wrote here about »

Our under-incarceration problem, Charlotte edition

Featured image Nearly lost in the controversy over the events leading to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott by a black police officer in Charlotte is the killing of another black man during the ensuing protests. The victim was Justin Carr. Mr. Carr had wanted to tell his grandmother, who marched with Martin Luther King, that he took part in the protest. Who shot Carr? Relying on video evidence, the police have »

Video footage doesn’t show whether Scott had a gun

Featured image The family of Keith Lamont Scott and its attorney has viewed police footage of the shooting of Mr. Scott. The family attorney and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief agree that one cannot tell from the video whether or not Scott was carrying a gun. The attorney, Justin Bamberg, said it was impossible to see whether Scott was holding a weapon, or anything else, in his hands. The police chief, Kerr Putney, »

Charlotte rioting illustrates the problem of inner-city policing

Featured image Yesterday afternoon, a small group of black professionals stood silently in front of the Bank of America Tower in Charlotte, North Carolina holding signs reading “Black Lives Matter” and “Stop Killing Us.” One of the protesters told the Charlotte Observer, “What we want to do is show we’re not dangerous; we want to show the world it’s not thugs out here.” Presumably, this man and his fellow silent protesters are »

Meet the black Charlotte police officer who shot Keith Lamont Scott

Featured image We wrote here about Keith Lamont Scott and his long criminal record which includes assault convictions and gun offenses. But what about Brentley Vinson, the black police officer who fatally shot Scott? The Charlotte Observer provides this profile of Officer Vinson. From it, we learn that he grew up in Charlotte, was a football star in high school, and dreamed of becoming a police officer like his father. Vinson was »

Slain Charlotte man had lengthy criminal record

Featured image The friends and family of Keith Lamont Scott, the Charlotte man killed by police this week, portray him as a “family man” and “likable.” This may be true. However, Scott also had a long police record that included gun violations. Buried deep in this Charlotte Observer story, we learn: Scott was convicted in April 2004 of a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge in Mecklenburg County. Other charges stemming »