CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Decisions will be made this week to determine whether or not Officer Brentley Vinson, the officer who police say fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott in September, will face charges. Sources say that the decision could be made as soon as Wednesday.
Scott's death touched off days of protests and violent unrest across Charlotte and garnered national attention.
Whether the prosecutor in Mecklenburg County will be filing charges against
NBC Charlotte spoke with a spokesman for the Scott family who said that the District Attorney's office requested a meeting with them later this week. Although the prosecutor's office did not say why, the family believes they will finally learn whether the officer who shot and killed Scott will be charged with a crime.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Police Chief Kerr Putney said that Vinson shot Scott in self-defense back on September 20. The family denies that.
Officers were in Scott's apartment complex to serve a warrant on someone else when they say they spotted Scott with a gun and marijuana.
Cell phone and dash cam video capture parts of the shooting. Moments before where you can hear officers repeatedly tell him to drop the gun.
The Scott family asked for a State investigation that would help the D.A. decide whether to pursue criminal charges in this case.
A spokeswoman for the D.A.'s office would not say what the Wednesday meeting is about, saying only, "It is routine for this office to meet with family members during the course of a review of an officer-involved shooting."
The shooting sparked days of protests and riots. NBC Charlotte asked CMPD if they’re upping staffing in anticipation of the announcement but they would only tell us they’d be ready.
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