CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The family of Keith Scott plans to formally appeal an internal ruling by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department that the officer who shot and killed Scott was justified in doing so.
Scott’s shooting last September sparked days of unrest, protest, and even rioting in Charlotte.
The Scott family filed an act of petition with the Citizens Review Board after an internal investigation led to officials saying the officer was justified in killing their loved one. Investigators said Scott was armed and didn't comply with officers' orders prior to his shooting. His family said he was simply sitting in his car reading a book.
An internal review conducted by CMPD ruled that officer Bradley Vinson was justified in the shooting. Now, Scott’s family will appeal that ruling to the Citizens Review Board. The Citizens Review Board, which was formed in 1997, is an 11-member panel which handles complaints against the Chief of Police and police department. Since its inception, the board has yet to rule against an officer brought before it.
On Monday, the Charlotte City Council made a number of major changes to the board, including increasing diversity, banning current and past CMPD family members, as well as requiring at least eight hours of training for each member.
Corine Mack, President of the Charlotte NAACP says it's critical for the members of the panel to have proper training.
“It is so important that everyone on the CRB has the opportunity to be trained in implicit bias," Mack said. "We all have biases and we have to look at that and understand that the police are simply citizens who took a responsibility to safeguard the people of Charlotte."