Target: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Chief of Police Kerr Putney
Goal: Fire the officer responsible for the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, release all footage, and let an independent agency investigate.
Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by a police officer while sitting in his car, waiting for his son to come home from school. Officers claim he had a gun and posed an “imminent threat,” however neighbors and his family say that Mr. Scott, who they say was disabled, was unarmed and reading a book.
In no account did he commit a crime. North Carolina is an open carry state, so, if he had a gun, it is his right to openly carry it. The officer who shot him, Officer Brentley Vinson, was at Mr. Scott’s apartment building to serve an unrelated warrant. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte has promised a “full” investigation, however this investigation may fall to the city’s police department, creating a conflict of interest. Furthermore, even when cities choose investigators from “outside of the police department,” they often choose former members of local law enforcement.
There is no known video of the shooting, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police do routinely wear body cameras. Given the recent history of police department fabricating accounts of shootings such as those of Samuel DuBose and Laquan MacDonald, many fear a cover up. Sign our petition to demand that the officer responsible for killing Keith Lamont Scott is fired, that any relevant footage of the incident is released, and that the police department ensure an independent agency without links to local law enforcement undertakes the investigation.
Dear Chief Putney,
As you know, Mayor Roberts has announced a full investigation into the killing of Keith Lamont Scott. In the wake of the cover-ups in the killing of Samuel DuBose and Laquan MacDonald, I am sure you know that public trust in the police is at an all time low. Furthermore, given the divergence between witness and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department accounts of his death, I believe that it is in the public interest for your department to allow an independent agency to perform this investigation.
It was announced earlier in September that Charlotte police would be equipped with body cameras. I urge you to release any and all footage related to this killing. Further, I urge you to ensure that, if it is found that he violated police protocol, Officer Brentley Vinson is fired.
[Your Name Here]
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