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No charges in police killing of Keith Scott

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>> Don't you do it
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The wrenching video sparked days of rioting. But officials on Wednesday saying that Charlotte police officer who shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott in September will face no charges. District attorney Andrew Murray saying an exhaustive probe concluding officer Bradley Vincent acted in self-defense when he shot the 43 year old father of seven three times outside his Charlotte apartment.
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>> And given the totality of the circumstances and credible evidence in this case, it is my opinion that officer Vincent acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Scott.>> Murray said Scott was armed with a cocked and loaded gun. His family insisting Scott did not have a weapon and was only holding a book.
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Reporter Julia Edwards is following the story.>> We won't be able to see inside the District Attorney's notebook to see how they came to this decision not to prosecute this officer. The same thing could be said in the Ferguson case. That was all kept within a grand jury, which is secretive, and we weren't able to see their deliberations or see what evidence they were presented with.
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For a lot of members of the public who have been complaining about transparency, these kind of practices where the case does not come to a public courtroom, only angers them more and makes them distrust the system even more.>> The tensions in Charlotte inflamed by a cell phone video made by Scott's wife pleading with officers not to shoot.
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>> Don't you do it. Don't you do it. Did you shoot him, did you shoot him?>> Scott's death sparking outrage in the streets of Charlotte for days, with some businesses robbed and Windows smashed. The incident adding to a litany of cases around the country involving black men killed by police and rising demands for reforms.