District Attorney announced Wednesday afternoon that officer Brentley Vinson won’t be charged in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, prompting protestors to prepare to hit the streets of Charlotte tonight.
“Charlotte Uprising” announced on Twitter that they will be gathering outside the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police headquarters Wednesday evening.
“As expected the pigs of CMPD see nothing wrong with their continued murders of black people,” the group’s Tweet read. They also said they plan to organize outside the police head quarters at 6:45 P.M. to “shut that shit down!”
According to Charlotte city officials, other community members plan to gather at 3 p.m. to “allow expression in a safe, unbiased, welcoming space” at the Belmont Community Center, north of uptown.
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Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was shot on September 20th after stepping out of a SUV parked outside his University City apartment with a gun and ignored multiple police commands to drop it. His death sparked two nights of mass riots.
“We respectfully ask that you please keep any protests that may occur peaceful,” the family said in their statement. “Responding to violence with violence is never an appropriate response. This is just one more step in our quest for justice.”