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Brentley Vinson (Police Officer)

Brentley Vinson (Police Officer)

Brentley Vinson is a police officer with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD). Brentley has been employed with the CMPD since July 21, 2014 and was assigned to the Metro Division of the force. He played college football for Liberty University.

Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

On September 20th, 2016, Officer Brentley Vinson shot Keith Lamont Scott. Scott's family members lied and said he was reading a book and didn't have a gun with him inside his car near the vicinity of The Village at College Downs complex on Old Concord Road in a University City apartments. According to the police reports and video he had an illegal firearm and disobeyed numerous orders to drop the weapon.

On November 30, 2016 the District attorney, Andrew Murray decide that Brentley Vinson would not face any charges for the shooting.

Statement by the DA:

"It is my opinion that Officer Vinson acted lawfully when he shot Mr. Scott," Murray said.

"His use of deadly force was lawful."

The police officers had a search warrant for a suspect near the area when, allegedly, they saw Mr. Scott approach his vehicle while armed with a firearm.

The department said that he posed "an imminent deadly threat" to officers during the encounter.[3]

His daughter Lyric Scott, his family and members of the community, protested after the shooting.

Much of the what was expressed amongst the people is that Mr. Scott never owned a firearm.

Lyric Scott expressed her anger, disgust, and devastation toward the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officers that were on the scene.

Her devastation echoed sentiments of Racism, Injustice, and Police violence against the African American community.

Football Career and Education

Brentley played football from high school through college.

He played as a defensive back for Liberty University from 2009-2011. He studied Criminal Justice at the college.

He had transferred to Liberty University from Fork Union Military Academy where he also played football.

Brentley attended and played football for Ardrey Kell High School in Charlotte, North Carolina.

2011 (Jr.)

  • Liberty University Big South Preseason All-Conference

  • Started all 11 games at safety

  • Ranked fourth among Liberty defensive backs with 46 tackles (19 solo, 27 assisted)

  • One of eight Flames to intercept a pass

  • Led Liberty defensive backs with six tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks

  • Had a 15-yard sack in season opener at N.C.

  • State

  • Totaled eight tackles (three solo, five assisted) to tie career high, against Robert Morris

  • Had 1.5 sacks for 19 yards versus Robert Morris

  • Posted seven tackles, including one for a loss, against James Madison

  • Intercepted a pass at Gardner-Webb

  • Tied career high with eight tackles versus Presbyterian College, to go with two quarterback hurries

  • Helped Liberty's defense finish the season ranked No. 31 in scoring defense (22.00 points per game)

  • Flames finished No. 32 in red zone defense (74.2 percent) and No. 38 in total defense (343.27 yards per game)

2010 (So.)

  • Started all 11 games

  • Helped the Flames finish the season ranked No. 20 nationally in rushing defense

  • Led the Big South and ranked No. 17 in the country in total defense (309.18 yards allowed per game)

  • No. 24 in the country in scoring defense (20.81 points per game)

  • Changed positions midway through the season

  • Had his two best games of the season against the league's top teams, Coastal Carolina and Stony Brook

  • Finished the Coastal Carolina game with a career-best five solo tackles

  • Finished the Stony Brook contest with four tackles, including three solo stops and a pass breakup

  • Intercepted a pass and returned it 21 yards against Charleston Southern

  • Led the program with five pass breakups, with four of the five coming against Big South teams

2009 (Fr.)

  • Saw playing time in all 11 games as a true freshman

  • Named Big South Freshman of the Week on Oct. 26

  • 84.4 percent of his season tackle total came against Big South opponents

  • Recorded just five tackles before conference play opened

  • Ranked fifth on the team in tackles among defensive backs, with 32

  • Had a breakout game against Charleston Southern, finishing the road contest with a season-high eight tackles

  • Had a game-saving tackle late in the contest against Charleston Southern, helping stop the Bucs as they were trying to tie

  • Tied a season high with four solo stops against Gardner-Webb

  • Added five stops in a home victory over Presbyterian


  • Enrolled at Liberty in January

  • Transferred to Liberty from Fork Union Military Academy

  • Started every game for Fork Union in 2008

  • Graduated from Ardrey Kell High School

  • Was a Southwestern 4A all-conference defensive back in 2006

  • Was forced to sit out the 2007 season due to an injury


Citation Linkliberty.eduBrentley's football bio on the Liberty Universityfootball team roster
Sep 21, 2016, 4:15 AM
Citation Linkfox46charlotte.comArticle about the shooting
Sep 21, 2016, 3:32 AM
Citation Linkyoutube.comThis is a video recording of Keith Lamont Scott's daughter speaking moments after Mr. Scott was shot by police.
Sep 21, 2016, 3:31 AM
Citation Linkcharlotteobserver.comThe Charlotte Observerarticle about the shooting
Sep 21, 2016, 3:34 AM
Citation Linkliberty.eduBrentley's football profile on the Liberty Universitywebsite
Sep 21, 2016, 4:07 AM
Citation Linkwsoctv.comArticle on the shooting
Sep 21, 2016, 4:12 AM
Citation Linkywqaugeunhowzrcj.public.blob.vercel-storage.comPhoto of Brentley [0]
Sep 21, 2016, 4:16 AM
Citation Linkywqaugeunhowzrcj.public.blob.vercel-storage.comBrentley in his Liberty University football uniform
Sep 21, 2016, 4:17 AM
Citation Linkywqaugeunhowzrcj.public.blob.vercel-storage.comPhoto of Brent with fellow Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) officers
Sep 21, 2016, 4:21 AM
Citation Linkyoutube.comBrent Vinson #8 Liberty UniversityFootball Team Highlights 2012
Sep 21, 2016, 4:19 AM
Citation Linkusatoday.comUSA Todayarticle on the shooting
Nov 30, 2016, 5:06 PM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.com
Sep 21, 2016, 3:31 AM
Citation Linkwww.youtube.com
Brent Vinson #8 [Liberty University](/wiki/lang_en/Liberty_University) Football Team Highlights 2012
Sep 21, 2016, 4:19 AM