Meet the Black Charlotte Police Officer Who Shot Keith Lamont Scott
MEET THE BLACK CHARLOTTE POLICE OFFICER WHO SHOT KEITH LAMONT SCOTT
We wrote here about Keith Lamont Scott and his long criminal record which includes assault convictions and gun offenses. But what about Brentley Vinson, the black police officer whofatally shot Scott?
The Charlotte Observer provides this profile of Officer Vinson. From it, we learn that he grew up in Charlotte, was a football star in high school, and dreamed of becoming a police officer like his father.
Vinson was all-conference in football as a high school junior, but was unable to play during his senior year due to a serious knee injury. The next year, he played at a prep school, earning a scholarship to Liberty University.
At Liberty, Vinson studied criminal justice. He became a captain of the football team and led it in tackles as a senior in 2012.
In 2014, Vinson joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police force. He has not been subject to any disciplinary action, according to personnel records released by the police department.
What kind of a guy is Vinson. His middle school football coach said this about him: