Keith Scott’s widow, family attorney hold press conference on anniversary of shooting

Keith Scott’s widow, family attorney hold press conference on anniversary of shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - On the one-year anniversary of her husband's shooting death, Rakeyia Scott spoke to reporters just yards away from where her husband died.

Accompanied by her attorney, Justin Bamberg, and several of her children, the widow spoke about her husband and her feelings towards the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The small group was gathered in The Village at College Downs apartment complex.

Scott said it has been a hard year for her family and noted that she and her children have been grieving.

"Keith Lamont Scott was a great man and we lost a great man. The community lost a great man no matter what he did in his past," said Rakeyia Scott.

Scott and Bamberg spoke about the issues they still have with the CMPD and the unrest that unfolded after the deadly shooting one year ago. The widow still feels her husband's killing was unjust.

"What I do want is for the community and for Charlotte to understand that the truth was not given by CMPD," said Scott.

District Attorney Andrew Murray previously determined that officer Brentley Vinson "acted lawfully" in shooting Keith Scott.

Both Rakeyia Scott and Bamberg said they do not think all police officers are bad, but they need to be held accountable for their actions.

"They don't always get it right and we have got to get to a point in time where we as a society and as a community begin to hold departments more accountable," said Bamberg.

The widow said she still doesn't have faith in the CMPD and has yet to see any serious changes within the department.

Scott said she would like to see officers get better training and acknowledge that some people respond differently than others in different situations. She referenced the traumatic brain injury her husband had been dealing with, and said it was the reason he reacted slowly to the officer's commands given to him before he was shot.

"Put yourself in my shoes. My husband didn't come home to us, but they (the officers involved in the shooting) went home to their's," said Scott.

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