CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WCBD & AP) – Lawyers for the family of a black man fatally shot by a Charlotte police officer say they still have questions as they consider whether to file a lawsuit.
Charles Monnett represents the family of Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot on Sept. 20 by a Charlotte officer. Monnett noted that there are different standards for criminal charges than for civil liability. The lawyers said they haven’t yet decided whether to pursue civil action.
Monnett did commend Charlotte’s prosecutor for meeting with the family and explaining his decision not to pursue charges against the officer who shot Scott.
Another family attorney, Justin Bamberg, said the prosecutor’s decision against criminal charges doesn’t mean the shooting was right.
The family’s lawyers also asked that if people protest, they do it lawfully and peacefully.
Below is a statement issued from Scott’s family:
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.