Officer Brentley Vinson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Charlotte police wrote under this photo: “An anonymous donor sent an ice cream truck into the Dillehay neighborhood…Metro division officers Vinson, Kennedy, Reiber and Pinckney served sweltering community members. One little girl said, ‘Well now I like the po-po!'” Vinson is the African-American officer in middle back.

Officer Brentley Vinson – a cop’s son and former college football player known for “tremendous speed” – was identified as the Charlotte police officer who fired the fatal shot that killed Keith Lamont Scott.

Protests grew into riots in the hours after the shooting and deteriorated into violence for a second day. The shooting occurred on September 20 when Charlotte police were trying to execute a search warrant at an apartment complex.

Although police said Scott was armed, Scott’s family claimed otherwise, sparking a protest that rose in intensity as people spilled into streets, yelled in the faces of police officers, looted trucks, lit fires, and threw things at officers and squads. Charlotte Police said that 16 officers were injured on Tuesday alone and one was struck with a rock.

The police chief, Kerr Putney, who is also black, pushed back hard at social media narratives that Scott had a book, not a gun. He said on September 21 that Scott was armed with a gun and refused commands to drop it, and that police did not find a book at the scene, according to WSOC-TV. At least seven civilians were also injured in the unrest on Tuesday alone. The violence escalated Wednesday with more violence, including an incident in which a civilian shot another civilian, critically wounding him, according to the City of Charlotte’s Twitter page. Another four officers were also injured Wednesday, the city said.

Both Vinson and Scott are African-American.

The police shooting gained extra media attention when Scott’s daughter streamed the moments after it in an expletive-laden broadcast on Facebook Live.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Vinson Is the Son of One of the First Black Detectives on the Charlotte Police Force

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Brentley Vinson. (Liberty University)

Vinson comes from a law enforcement family.

A WSOC-TV reporter said on Twitter that Vinson is the son of one of the first black detectives on the Charlotte police force.

The Charlotte Observer says that Vinson’s father, Alex, is retired and declined comment on the case, citing police protocol.

Scott’s family says Scott was reading a book in his car while waiting for his son to be dropped off by a school bus. Witnesses said Scott had a disability, according to The Huffington Post.

Family and friends told news reporters that Scott only had a book and was unarmed, which police dispute. A Go Fund Me site was started for Scott’s family. It says, “Keith Lamont Scott was shot reportedly 4 times while reading a book and waiting for his son to get off the bus. He has sadly been taken away from his wife Rakeyia Scott and 7 children and family who love him dearly.”

Keith Lamont Scott. (GoFundMe)

Keith Lamont Scott. (GoFundMe)

The notion that Scott may have been unarmed flew around social media, with many people expressing outrage, especially as the shooting came in the wake of anger that was already brewing over the shooting death in Tulsa, Oklahoma of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed man. The difference: Police in Tulsa admit Crutcher was unarmed. Police in Charlotte say Scott had a gun.

Police said they recovered a gun Scott was holding at the scene, according to CNN. The network quoted Chief Putney as saying, “It’s time to change the narrative because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media.” He said that Scott refused demands to drop the gun but the officer was not wearing a body camera, according to CNN and WSOC-TV.

According to the Associated Press, the police chief says videos of the incident do not definitively show Scott point the gun, however, and the police will share the videos with the family.

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2. Vinson Is a Former Football Player for Liberty University With ‘Tremendous Speed in Blitzing’

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Brentley Vinson, Liberty University, Freshman Headshot. Football Media Day. August 22, 2010. (Photo by Les Schofer/Liberty University)
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According to his Liberty University biography, Vinson was a criminal justice major who “transferred to Liberty from Fork Union Military Academy … started every game for Fork Union in 2008 … graduated from Ardrey Kell High School … was a Southwestern 4A all-conference defensive back in 2006 … was forced to sit out the 2007 season due to an injury.”

The biography added, “Had an excellent spring at a new position … brings speed to the position … provides tremendous speed in blitzing and coming off the edges … real physical ball player … can cover a lot of ground … will play deep sometimes … makes the defense stronger.”

Fox 46 says Vinson is on administrative leave, but it’s standard procedure for police to place an officer on administrative leave after an on-duty shooting.

WSOC-TV said that Vinson joined the police department on July 21, 2014 and is currently assigned to the Metro Division. The television station added that both Vinson and Scott are African-American.

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3. Police Allege That Scott Posed an Imminent Deadly Threat

According to The Charlotte Observer, police said in a statement that they had gone to a parking complex to serve a warrant.

Read the full police statement here:

The police statement released to the news media says that officers from the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant on him at the Village at College downs when they observed a person, Scott, inside a vehicle in the apartment complex.

“The subject exited the vehicle armed with a firearm,” the statement says. “Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject. The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon.”

A WBTV reporter released what she said was a picture from a police source of the gun recovered at the scene:

CNN also said police allege that Scott was armed but was not the person they were initially seeking with the warrant.

A cell phone video filmed by Rakeyia Scott, the wife of the slain Keith Lamont Scott, does not show the shooting of her husband but shows the moments leading up to it. Gunfire is heard on camera. You can watch that video and learn more about it here.

The video starts with Rakeyia Scott filming the parking lot, saying, “Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon.” A police squad car then drives past with lights on. In the distance, a man yells, “Drop the gun. Drop the f**cking gun.”

Scott’s wife says, “He doesn’t have a gun. He has a TBI. He’s not going to do anything to you guys.” A TBI is a “traumatic brain injury.”

She urges her husband to comply with officers, telling Scott, “Keith, don’t let them break the windows! Come on out of the car… Keith, don’t do it! Keith, Keith, Keith — don’t you do it!”

Multiple gunshots are then heard.

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4. Vinson Had Long Talked About Becoming a Cop or Federal Officer, a Coach Says

The Charlotte Observer newspaper quotes a former middle school coach of Brentley Vinson as saying Vinson talked about being a cop or federal officer for years, adding, “I thought when he became a police officer like his dad (Alex) that it was a perfect fit for him. I’ve watched this kid work his butt off from an early age. … He’s a phenomenal kid.”

The shooting sparked two days of riots.

Reports on social media said that water bottles, rocks, and other items were being tossed at officers as crowds grew raucous after the shooting, fueled in part by social media posts on it.

WSOC-TV said an officer suffered non life-threatening injuries. Charlotte police later tweeted that at least 16 officers were injured, including one with a rock. On day 2, four more officers were injured, a demonstrator was shot and is in critical condition, and a man was beaten in a parking garage.

Scott’s brother said on video that all white people are f–king devils, although the officer who shot and killed Scott was also African-American.

The unrest was growing more intense in the early morning hours of September 21 as people ignited fires and looted a truck, prompting the driver, who was still inside, to tell a local news reporter she feared for her life.

The reporter, Joe Bruno, posted audio of his interview with the shaken truck driver. Listen:

Protests confronted cops in riot gear, yelling at them from a few inches away.

Police reported that officers were injured:

“No justice, no peace!” protesters yelled, according to CNN.

On September 21, the North Carolina governor said he was praying for Scott’s family as well as the injured officers, and civil rights leaders called for an economic boycott of Charlotte, said WSOC-TV. However, on Wednesday evening, and into Thursday morning, the violence escalated.

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5. Scott’s Daughter Streamed the Aftermath of the Shooting on Facebook Live

The shooting of Scott instantly provoked outrage after Scott’s daughter streamed the aftermath of the scene on Facebook Live.

“The police just shot my daddy…for being black,” Scott’s daughter said in an angry, lengthy Facebook Live post that went viral on the Internet. See above (warning: graphic language). Thousands of people viewed it on the Internet in real time.

Although police said Vinson was in plainclothes, he was wearing a marked police vest, said The Charlotte Observer.

Justin Bamberg, the attorney for Scott’s family, told CNN that Scott’s wife witnessed the shooting. The family watched the body cam video of the shooting, and Bamberg told Anderson Cooper: “His hands are down by his side, he’s acting calm…he looks to be confused. You do see something in his hand but it’s impossible to make out what it is.” At the moment Scott was shot, he “appeared to be stepping backwards,” he said. Bamberg claimed Scott didn’t have a gun and didn’t own one.

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  1. “My daddy was shot for being black.”
    So the black cop is a racist against blacks? Maybe people shouldn’t walk around waving handguns at police. Great educational system we have here in this country.

    • You should not wave a gun around but you weren’t there so whose to say it was a gun could have been a book the police are so scary these days they Will shoot you with a pen in your hand

      • This officer did nothing wrong at all. He is a respectable educated black guy who probably just did his job, wait until they release this guy’s long criminal record

        • The officer did nothing wrong but kill an innocent man who was disabled . Have you ever been hit by a taser well I have there was no need to shoot the man .

          • He had a gun in his hand. Even if he was a two fingered man with no legs, you don’t tase someone with a gun in their hand unless you are suicidal. Especially when he’s out of taser range.

            • We’re you there Willie.if the cops had seen a weapon why haven’t they produced it . Are you a Leo. An officer could have easily tazed him sitting in the car the Charlotte pd are the ones who said they tazed him first . I have been tazed electricity makes your muscles jerk there is no way he could have aimed a gun while being tazed . It’s pointless to argue remember all you posted Willie when martial law is declared and you along with everyone else looses all their freedom

              • Of course, expecting them to taze a man who has a gun is no procedure and no cop in the country would do it. This is not TV… it is real life.
                That fact that a tazed man can’t aim a gun does not mean the gun won’t go off and kill someone. Muscle spasms could easily cause him to pull the trigger and no one could possible know who could get hit by the shot… including innocent bystanders.

              • Taxing someone who has a gun in their hand would have also likely endangered police and other lives as it could make the person being tazed shoot the gun in a random direction from the subsequent convulsing. Police don’t taze someone who has a gun in their hand. That would be stupid and dangerous.

            • No one said he was retarded be careful with your words , right is right nd wrng is wrng , nd that officer was in the wrong , that man wasnt bothering anyone , they didn’t even have taze him , but i guess if it was u in the situation, if it was your dad , im sure your reaction would be the same

        • Sorry. Respectable is often white speak for “compliant to white supremacist ideals” – which if I read the officer’s bio correctly, that would be a yes. He went to that racist Christian school Liberty University, where the president of the university supports Trump. I am probably better educated than that “Officer” and I doubt that you would find me “respectable after a long conversation.

          • So just shoot one bullet at a time, wait and see how it goes, then fire just one more, repeat? You have a very limited understanding of guns and policy.

            • It’s only whites that are commenting on this that do not understand what it is like to be black nor do they want to understand. Cops handle every race differently from what I have seen when conducting a stop. I have seen them tussle with white criminals and they do not get shot. There is also a such thing as escalation of force. I have served my country and know and understand how that works. With two tours to Iraq under my belt I had to learn how to police. That what Marines do they Police when we are at war. Please people learn to have an open mind and put yourself into other people shoes.

      • give me a break. This is a case of people looting to get something for nothing. They are nothing about the young man shot. If they had jobs, they wouldn’t have time for this nonsense. Black lives matter is a joke. Should be black lives provides opportunities to steal!

      • They have the gun , they have the videotape, as soon as Internal Affairs releases the tape it will show daddy’s little girl is a liar !

    • I bet the girl felt very stupid when she found out the cop is black. She couldn’t stop saying” ugly racist white pigs shot my daddy.” I think she is mildly retarded and needs counseling to be honest.

    • Vinson went to Liberty? That University is a breeding ground for white supremacist, and self hating black folks who coon for them. The president of Liberty University publicly endorsed Trump. Nahhh. The cop shot him. And yes, black people can be racist against each other.

    • Maybe American police shouldn’t kill more people every day than British police kill in a year. Maybe American police shouldn’t kill at 70x the rate of other first world nations. Maybe the punishment for not obeying police commands shouldn’t be street-side execution.

    • This girl said she was in the house SLEEP, heard shots and came outside. Then she made several threats including,” we got guns.” Then says,” my daddy ain’t got no MF gun!” Really? She’s a liar. She knows her father had a gun. She’s just grieving and her instant protective mechanism is to lie. Being in the house, she doesn’t know what her father may or may not have done! All the racist things she said to the police makes no sense. The cop was black that shot him. Sooooooo, now I guess her argument is,” he’s an Uncle Tom” because he did his job. Get a job child! Stay off the streets causing problems!

      • u dont know what he had weather it was a book , gun , cup or wateva , nd i never heard the girl say anything other than “they shot my daddy four times” becareful and hope nd pray it dont happen to u , the lord works in mysterious ways

  2. Shut up!!!!!! I am sick of everyone’s complaints! Officers MAME suspects! The black racists are mad cuz you keep taking kill shots. You’ll never make them happy because they were already unhappy prior to whatever incident they want to bitch about. Self-imposed “victim” status because of skin color – SHUT UP ITS IN YOUR HEADS!! Inaccurate perceptions! Public -shut the hell up!! You want to see racism!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep acting like feril beasts. Dumb people don’t listen to officers KNOWING they risk getting shot – that’s Why they get shit you idiots! SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sick of your stupidity!

    • I totally agree.!! I am black. I have seen this crap first hand. I have lazy family that DO NOT tak responsibility for their actions and lie. They claim they are oppressed. From experience in my own family, they oppress themselves by being to lazy to get out and find a dang job.

      • Stop lying. You are no more black than you are intelligent. Get a grip.
        Meanwhile the fool cop went to that Christian White Supremacist university Liberty University, where they had it at one time in their school code that interracial relationships were forbidden.
        Yeah, he is an uncle Tom.

        • This is the kind of stupidity that made me lose faith in my people. So just because his school had some dumb code 50 years ago it reflects on its graduates in 2016 and makes them racists?

          Do you guys actually believe this shit you are saying? It’s like you will do anything to avoid looking in the mirror. This black cop is the good guy here, and the thug deserved to get shot. End of story.

    • ‘Dumb people don’t listen to officers KNOWING they risk getting shot’ what about the people who comply and follow what they’re being told?. Because it’s easy to say that but there are cases of people who follow instructions or pose no threat and have still been killed and used as a human target practice, but you porbably have some justification for that as well. You wouldnt survive a day in our shoes and your white privilege blinds you, so your unable to see how, or you simply choose to ignore as you probably feel it threatens your privilegd so your oblivious to how a poc can be victimised. Ignorance at its finest

  3. I had an uncle who claimed to be disabled! The dude kept a .22 pistol on his side in his wheelchair and whiskey! His ” disabled ass shot his girlfriend ( from his wheelchair) because he thought she was cheating. In court his attorney tried the disabled crap. BREAKING NEWS YOU GHETTO TRASH, 30% of people living in the hood play disable to draw a check. You said waaaaaaaay toooooo much in this video. Those older women should have grabbed your behind and MADE you shut up. You just messed up everything opening your mouth. An attorney will have a field day with this because you did your father NO JUSTICE!! Stupid!

  4. I’m sorry, there is no justification for killing this man at all! He was not even the person they were looking for!! He was in his car waiting for his son to get off a school bus for God sake!! Even if he had a gun, that is not the point here!! He is dead for no reason!! How insensitive are you people on here!! This is not some movie. We are talking about real people that lost their father and a woman that lost her husband and is now a widow. There is no justification for what happened to this man. The police were undercover and in plain clothes not uniforms!!! What would you do if you were in your car and some people approached you without a uniform on!! You might think they were criminals trying to carjack or mug you!! Also they shot him four times!! You don’t shoot someone four times unless you want them dead!! Pay a little respect to the family here. The police were wrong. They made a mistake, a deadly one that will forever impact the lives of the Scott family.

    • Only one officer was in plain clothes and he had a vest clearly stating POLICE. This was the black officer who apparently fired the fatal shot. This whole situation is so confusing. Mother states he was reading the Koran. Why was wife shouting “Keith don’t do it” As a wife I would not have kept filming but run to check on my husband’s welfare. Everyone seems to have an agenda. In my opinion the black community needs to value marriage with both parents present in their children’s lives. Why does someone have 7 children in the USA ! We have 2 because that is all we can afford to raise and provide an education for. I’m a child of immigrants parents and can definitely say this country provides all the opportunities to make something of your life if you work hard and follow the rules. My first supervisor was a nurse with a Masters degree in nursing from Mississippi. She was black and this was in a predominately white community in California circa 1979. She didn’t have a chip on her back. She was well respected in her field. Not everyone white, yellow or lighter brown is racist. Values and hard work got her the job and I am where am today because of her. She had a mother and father who believed in education and moral character.

  5. Just watched a news conference with the family representatives of the man who was killed in Charlotte, NC. One of the representatives was calling for a boycott of the white community and for black people to spend their dollars in their own communities and boycott the white businesses.
    Prior to this I watched the press conference given by the mayor, chief of police and others in the city of Charlotte. I noticed that the police chief is black, he’s black not white. He also stated that the police officer involved is black, he stated he is black not white.
    Now my question is this ——— Why was the family’s representative calling for a boycott of white businesses. Are we now responsible for black behavior?????? This is the mentality that whites have to deal with these days. People don’t want to take responsibility for their own actions or the facts of a situation. They are just looking for a reason for division and racism when there is none. I blame Obama and Black Lives Matter for all this useless, hateful racism.

    • Blame yourself. “This is the mentality that whites have to deal with these days”? Really. Sorry to ruin your American experience with a black President, and a protest group organized by African-American university students that are concerned with the conditions in their community. It you hate racism so much, why don’t you go spend time in a black church and make friends? And BYW, the racism started, not with BLM, but with the Tea Party movement, who showed up at rallys with pictures of Obama as a monkey, and making jokes about his father and mother. No one said anything about that racism, until it was fashionable to turn it around and call Obama and people who talk about issues in the black community as “race hustlers”.
      Go tan, get your highlights, and make your husband’s dinner. You have nothing to add to this converstion that is smart or thoughtful.

  6. If it is proven he had a gun, then as taxpayers we need to hold our politicians feet to the fire, due to letting friends and families causing harm and damage to individuals and properties. These friends and families are promoting the harm and damage. They should be held accountable in both civil and criminal court. They should have to pay back for damages, including personal property, public property, medical bills and overtime cost, but only after being charged and convicted for the crimes they incite. This will put an end to riots and cause a more civil disobedience path their relatives promoted in the past. They hurt their cause with rioting and looting, plain and simple!

  7. Just another excuse for the black community to blame the white man. Even the family is dumb enough to lie to the media, likely to make a quick buck and help instigate the riot. “All white people are the devil” What the hell kind of a moron statement is that. The African-American officer is a role model for what you should be instilling in your “community” Good job though, I’m sure rioting and ruining the general publics lives helps the big picture and your end game. Lesson be learned, just because you are black, doesn’t mean you can’t be shot by a police officer. Get the actual story before assuming racism is involved. Misinformation and lack of education is a hell of a thing.

  8. So I guess the legal question is; did her Daddy have no mofo gun or did he have a mofo gun. Once we know whether her daddy had mofo gun we’ll be able to decide if this shooting was legit.

  9. So your daddy was shot by a black cop because you daddy was black? Makes absolutlely no sense. This girl incited a riot and should be jailed for a long long long time.

    • Yes. Black people can be racist against each other. Look at the black Trump supporters for example. They are some self-hating coons. Further, the black cop went to Liberty University. That place is terrible: A Christian white supremacist breeding ground, whose president endorsed Trump. Yuck. So some confused, shuck-and-jive black cop who sees other black people as “those niggas” shot another black man. Makes sense to me. As for inciting a riot: whatever. There is no law against doing what she said. Bet if you had your way, she would be dealt with like a slave: beaten and forced to screw your husband.

  10. ‘he probably had a criminal record’ im failing to see how this is used as justification for taking someones life. Theres always some justification as to why the poc deserved to die, yet you have terrorist’s in shoot outs who are till alive, individuals who shoot up school and churches and come out alive and no one’s saying why were they not killed. But this man supposedly had a gun, and probably a criminal record according to some of he posters here so that makes to alright to kill him. Another thing I reckon most of the people commenting are religious, and doesnt that say something like only god can take away life. Hypocrisy and double standards at its finest and then people wonder why we’re protesting, as they can’t see past their white privilege, to see that there is an actual problem between the police in the us and poc

  11. Message from the black man that little girl and her ignorant statements are a huge part of the problem we are judged by our worst examples they are judged by their best intent

  12. If you really want to help blacks in this country petition congress tell them to put a stop to government assistance!!!!!!!! Message from the black man

  13. Get real…this is the worst moment of her life. Do you expect her to be calm, rational, and coherent. Calling her ignorant, stupid, etc. is a bunch of bull. No matter where you stand on the BLM or anything else related to this atleast you can understand that can’t you? The BLM and the police, the riots and the nonsense have at it……tear each other apart on some comment page……but to attack a girl who just lost her father (no matter the reason) who’s mother is likely in the ambulance/at the hospital with the father and who’s brother isn’t home yet because the streets are blocked off is sick. I can even imagine what I might say in a situation like that, in the current climate our societies in. From that moment her life was changed listening to the audio of her coming to understand that and making ugly comments like that is ridiculous. Your perspectives are narrowed by your life experiences as are hers have some common decency and empathy for a scared, shocked, and grieving child.

  14. There is no gun..The pd planted one. Every video fails to show the gun. The pd procedure is to yell..”drop the gun” Look it up.. they HAVE to say it before killing someone. It exonerates them. They are also trained to yell “Stop resisting” even though a “suspect” goes down on their knees with their hands in the air with their back turned. The cops will rush them and yell immediately “Stop resisting” and twist the persons arm to give the illusion of resistance while another cop is standing on his head!!! Compare the video of the scene before and after the crime scene tape goes up. That’s another procedure..set up the scene THEN put up the tape!! Why cops are dropping gloves all over the scene? To create illusion..or they are sloppy cops