CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The family of Keith Scott met with the Mecklenburg County district attorney Wednesday morning and learned that no criminal charges would be filed against the officer who shot and killed their loved one.
After the District Attorney Andrew Murray publicly announced the decision, Scott’s family attorneys spoke with press and said they still have questions about the investigation.
The family attorneys said that Scott family thanked Murray for sitting down with them and explaining what was found during the investigation. But a statement from the family went on to say, "We are profoundly disappointed in their decision not to criminally charge Officer (Brentley) Vinson for his actions in taking the life of Keith Lamont Scott.”
“I understand the district attorney’s decision not to file criminal charges, but that doesn’t make it right,” said attorney Justin Bamberg.
Attorney Charles Monnett added that they look forward to reviewing the investigative file and obtaining justice. He said their inquiry isn’t over and they’re looking into the possibility of pursuing civil action in the case.
The attorneys explained that there are different standards for criminal charges than for civil liability.
“Civil action is still possible,” Monnett said. “If the facts warrant it, we fully intend to pursue it.”
The Scott’s legal team said that the family is very grateful for the outpouring of support and love from the community. The family has asked that if people want to protest, they should do it lawfully and peacefully and do not encourage violence.
Full statement from family on decision:
"We wish to express our thanks and gratitude to Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray, his office and the SBI for the respect they have shown the Scott family and for their willingness to explain how they conducted their investigation and the conclusions they reached.
"We are profoundly disappointed in their decision not to criminally charge Officer Brantley Vinson for his actions in taking the life of Keith Lamont Scott. While we understand that many in the Charlotte area share our frustration and pain, we ask that everyone work together to fix the system that allowed this tragedy to happen in the first place.
"All our family wanted was justice and for these members of law enforcement to understand that what they did was wrong. We respectfully ask that you please keep any protests that may occur peaceful.
"Responding to violence with violence is never an appropriate response. This is just one more step in our quest for justice."
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