Police Foundation: Former CMPD chief Monroe will have no direct role in Charlotte review

Police Foundation: Former CMPD chief Monroe will have no direct role in Charlotte review

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The president of the Police Foundation says former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe will have no direct role in the organizations review of CMPD's policies and response to the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was killed September 20 when police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road, in northeast Charlotte.

The autopsy, released by the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner Monday, show that Scott was killed by gunshot wounds to the posterior left chest and left abdomen.

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Also Monday, the Charlotte City Council approved a contract with the Police Foundation worth $379,504. The Police Foundation will provide consulting services to review CMPD policies, procedures and its work in the aftermath of the Scott shooting.

A search of the organization's website shows former CMPD chief Rodney Monroe listed as an Executive Fellow. Monroe is one of 50+ Executive Fellows listed.

Chief Jim Bueermann (Ret.), President of the Police Foundation, told WBTV that Monroe will have no direct role in the group's review after he recused himself. Bueermann says the Foundation has people from various backgrounds and locations on its team. If there is a connection, the person typically doesn't take a direct role to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

The Keith Lamont Scott shooting

According to CMPD, plainclothes officers were at the apartment complex to serve a warrant unrelated to Scott. They said Scott pulled into the parking lot and parked beside the unmarked police vehicle officers were in, then began rolling what they believed to be a marijuana "blunt."

A short time later, police say they saw Scott hold a gun up.

According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, the officers identified themselves as police officers and "gave clear, loud and repeated verbal commands to drop the gun." Scott refused to follow those commands.

That's when an officer in uniform and in a marked vehicle arrived to assist, and "utilized his baton to attempt to breach the front passenger window in an effort to arrest" Scott.

CMPD said Scott then got out of the vehicle with the gun and "backed away from the vehicle while continuing to ignore officers' repeated loud verbal commands to drop the gun."

"Officer [Brentley] Vinson perceived Mr. Scott's actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers. Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott," police officials said. "Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene."

Scott's family has said he did not own a gun, but police said they recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. Chief Putney said Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun."

Protests after shooting

A day after the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, about 1,000 people gathered uptown to protest, and Charlotte officials worried that events might turn violent for a second night.

But when some demonstrators marched to the EpiCentre and began smashing windows and looting businesses "there was no significant police presence in the area," according to an affidavit obtained by The Charlotte Observer from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department major.

Mayor Jennifer Roberts said that the city struck the right balance in deploying law enforcement while respecting citizens' rights during September's killing protest.

But court documents filed in late October raise questions about how CMPD deployed officers in the hours after the Scott shooting and the following day when one protester was killed and uptown descended into chaos.

The Police Foundation's review

Those policies and actions will be the the focus of the Police Foundation's review.

Bueermann said the six-person team, expected to begin its review in the next couple weeks, may approach Monroe with questions on background or knowledge of the area and department, but he wouldn't take a direct role.

According to Bueermann, the group will take a look at what happened during the department's response to the shooting. The group will analyze the findings and make recommendations on what can be done better in the future. He says the group will also highlight things that were done well during the department's response.

The Police Foundation has been involved in reviews in major events across the country for more than 40 years, including recent incidents at the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando and deadly officer involved shooting in North Charleston, SC and Ferguson, Missouri.

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