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CRB evidentiary hearing underway in CMPD fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

(Source: Family of Keith Lamont Scott) (Source: Family of Keith Lamont Scott)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Relatives of Keith Lamont Scott believe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police made a mistake when the internal investigation concluded the officer who shot and killed Scott last September was justified. 

Attorneys for the Scott family are now making their case known before the Citizens Review Board (CRB).

The evidentiary hearing began shortly after 9 a.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center and ends at 5 p.m. It will resume Wednesday morning. 

City officials say because the hearing involves a personnel matter, all parties involved had to sign confidentiality agreements. 

The CRB is reviewing the findings of CMPD's internal investigation which decided that Officer Brentley Vinson was justified in shooting and killing Keith Scott last year. The shooting touched off riots and protests in the city.

Board members are reviewing evidence and hearing from people. The CRB has not said how many people appeared before the board Tuesday.  

The attorneys for the Scott family presented their case first.

Corinne Mack, of NC Safe, says her organization believes CMPD made a mistake.

"We wanted to have a hearing finally go forward where we can get all the information and have a true investigation as to what happened," Mack said. "And prayerfully get findings that the police made the wrong decision in this particular case."

Mack continued, "At the end of the day we’re all human. None of us are infallible and we have to be honest about that and when someone makes a mistake there has to be someone held accountable for those mistakes especially when we talk about a loss of life."

"I’m hoping that’s what happens in this particular case that something changes, that we stop looking at it as if the CMPD are simply warriors and great and wonderful and make no mistakes," she added. "There is a man who is dead. There is a family who is still in mourning. There is a city that is still in mourning and still hurting and what do we do about that."

The attorney representing Officer Vinson will also present a case to the CRB. CMPD's Internal Affairs is also waiting to go before the board. 

The evidentiary hearing will not impact the District Attorney's decision to not file criminal charges against Officer Vinson. 

At the end of the hearing, the board will decide if the internal investigation made the right conclusion or not. Board members could also make a recommendation related to policy to the Chief and the City Manager.

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