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Charlotte cop walks free after shooting to death Keith Lamont Scott

From the Charlotte Observer – No charges will be brought against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Brentley Vinson in the September shooting death of a man in University City, District Attorney Andrew Murray announced Wednesday.

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot Sept. 20 in a confrontation with officers outside his apartment.

Murray said that evidence in the case shows that Scott stepped out of his SUV with a gun in his hand and ignored at least 10 commands from the five officers on the scene to drop it.

Murray said that Scott obtained the gun – which had been stolen in Gaston County – 18 days before the confrontation. One bullet was found in the chamber of the gun, the safety was off and Murray said Scott’s DNA was found on the grip and ammunition slide.

Murray said that speculation in the community that Scott was unarmed – initial reports from a family member on Facebook said he was holding a book – were untrue.

“A reading book was not found in the front or back seats of Mr. Scott’s SUV,” Murray said.

Officer Vinson’s gun was examined after the shooting and four bullets were missing, Murray said. Guns taken from the other officers at the scene had not been fired, he said.

Black Lives Matter Movement at huge Stand Up To Racism conference

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Over two hundred people crammed into the overflowing Black Lives Matter workshop at the 1,600-strong national conference of Stand up to Racism. The organisation is being relaunched to step up the fight against the rise in racism. Kadisha Burrell (Kingsley Burrell Justice Campaign), Capres Turner (Black lives matter summer protest organiser), Gary McFarlane (Black Lives Matter Movement and NUJ Black Members Council) and US Black Lives Matter activist Sonja Patrick on video stream from Wilmington North Carolina spoke at the BLM workshop, which included a wide-ranging and lively discussion.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and newly appointed Shadow Hoome Secretary Diane Abbott also addressed the gathering. Next steps include the United Friends and Family Campaign march on 29th October and before then the fight to stop the demolition of the Calais camp is stepping up. On Saturday 15th October at 2pm a demonstration is taking place to demand that our uncivilised government does its humanitarian minimum and at the very least lets the unaccompanied children living in the Calais hell-hole into the UK. Children will disappear into the hands of traffickers if the camp is demolished without providing for the people there. The French presidential election candidate contenders are jockeying for position by competing to be the hardest on migrants and refugees.  Help Refugee Children in Calais: Enact Lord Dubs Amendment Now! #DUBSNOW