Review board splits on North Carolina fatal police shooting – California News

Review board splits on North Carolina fatal police shooting – California News

A split review board announced Thursday that it won’t challenge a police department’s finding that its officer was justified in shooting a black man last year in North Carolina’s largest city.

The Citizens Review Board split 4-4 after reviewing the internal police probe, so won’t ask the police department to reverse its finding. The board will instead issue confidential recommendations for policy changes at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

The board heard testimony for two days behind closed doors in the September 2016 shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and then deliberated for several hours Thursday.

Scott’s shooting provoked days of civil unrest in North Carolina’s largest city, leading to a death, dozens of arrests and millions of dollars in damage.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said the shooting by Officer Brentley Vinson was justified. In June, the review board said it found a potential error in the police department’s decision. The board…

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