Charlotte Police Chief: Police Gave ‘Keith Lamont Scott ‘Loud, Clear’ Commands to Drop His Weapon

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Riots, looting, and outright anarchy occurred in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday evening over the recent police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a black man, by a black police officer, Brentley Vinson, as rioters somehow believed that the incident was based on some sort of perceived racial bias.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, who also happens to be black, announced during a press conference on Wednesday morning that Keith Lamont Scott, who was armed with a firearm, refused to surrender the weapon even after several “clear, loud” verbal requests to Scott by officers to drop his weapon.

“We had officers…searching for a suspect who was wanted for outstanding warrants. Our officers observed a subject, Mr. Keith Lamont Scott, inside a vehicle at the apartment complex. He exited the vehicle armed with a handgun. The officers observed him get back into that vehicle at which time they approached the vehicle to engage this subject. 

The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon. In spite of the verbal commands, Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it. 

He stepped out posing a threat to officers and Officer Brentley Vinson subsequently fired his weapon striking the subject.”

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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.
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