The family of the late Keith Lamont Scott had an independent autopsy done on his body after he was fatally shoot by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on September 20, 2016. Attorneys for Mr. Scott’s family has released the findings of that independent autopsy and the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy, Kim Collins, said the cause of death “is best deemed homicide.” The autopsy was conducted at Newberry County Memorial Hospital in South Carolina on Sept. 30. Mr. Scott was killed when he was hit by at least four bullets in the left-side of his back, left abdomen and left wrist.
The killing of Keith Scott ignited several nights of protest in the city of Charlotte. The CMPD stated that Mr. Scott was killed by Black police officer, Brentley Vinson, but according to a female who said she witnessed the shooting, Keith Scott was killed by a white officer who was “bald-headed.” The witness, Taheshia Wiliams, stated that Officer Vinson did not arrive on the scene until 10-15 minutes after Mr. Scott was already shot and laying motionless.
Keith Lamont Scott was finally laid to rest on October 14, 2016 because his funeral was postponed after Hurricane Matthew hit the Carolinas. In addition to Mr. Scott, the deaths of Eric Garner and Tamir Rice were classified as homicides but none of the officers in their killings have been charged with murder.