Charlotte Board Splits 4-4 on Police Shooting

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Charlotte’s Citizens Review Board reviewed a fatal police shooting and recommended policy changes for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney, but the board won’t say what those recommendations are, reports the Charlotte Observer. The board arrived at the recommendations after a three-day, closed-door hearing. The board split 4-4 on whether Putney was wrong to conclude that officer Brentley Vinson followed all department policies and procedures in last year’s shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The board never has ruled against police in its 20-year history. Yesterday’s vote is likely the first tie.

Corine Mack, president of Charlotte’s NAACP, was encouraged by the board’s unanimous recommendations to the police department but was frustrated that they were not released publicly. Jonathan Jones of the N.C. Open Government Coalition, said, “The clear purpose of the open records law is that you cannot make public policy recommendations in secret.” Vinson killed Scott outside an apartment complex in September, prompting days of protests and dozens of arrests. The shooting prompted two investigations, both of which cleared Vinson.

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