The North Carolina police officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott has been cleared by a police review board.
Officer Brentley Vinson followed correct procedure when he opened fire on the 43-year-old father of seven in September, a board for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Friday.
Scott’s death sparked repeated and sometimes violent protests against perceived brutality after a video shot by his wife, who pleaded with officers not to shoot her husband.
Despite his family’s claims that he posed no danger to police, authorities have said that he was armed during the encounter and in November declined to charge Vinson.
The Charlotte police’s Shooting Review Board, which met Monday, determined that the use of deadly force against Scott was justified and that Vinson did not violate North Carolina law.
“It’s darn near impossible to investigate yourself,” an attorney for Scott’s family told the Charlotte Observer after the decision came out.
The Shooting Review Board means that Vinson will not face internal department punishments such as termination or suspension.