Update: Aug. 29, 2018
Keith Scott’s widow filed the complaint against the City and Officer Vinson. The family is seeking more than $60,000 for personal injuries and wrongful death.

Keith Lamont Scott

The family of Keith Scott plans to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, according to the family’s attorney.

The lawsuit will narrowly beat the time limit to file it. Under North Carolina law, the statute of limitations to file a wrongful death lawsuit is two years. Earlier this year, the City declined to make a settlement offer with the family.


In 2016, Scott was shot and killed by CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson outside of an University City apartment complex, which set off days of protests and riots across the city. The district attorney concluded that the shooting was justified. CMPD also cleared Vinson after an internal investigation, although the Citizens Review Board was split 4-4 on a decision to question whether police made the correct ruling.