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‘Pigs’: Keith Lamont Scott’s Daughter Furious Cops Won’t Be Charged

Lyric Scott went on a Facebook tirade calling cops "pigs" and "coons" after it was announced that charges will not be filed against the police officer who killed her father

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Nov 30, 2016 at 3:09 PM ET

Prosecutors in North Carolina on Wednesday announced that the police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott during a September traffic stop will not face criminal charges in his death — and his daughter is furious.

Mecklenburg County District Attorney R. Andrew Murray said the officer was justified in using deadly force against Scott because he was armed with a .380 semiautomatic handgun that later was found to have a live round in the chamber — a claim that’s been disputed by Scott’s family and activists who believe he was unarmed and reading a book when he was shot by police.

“All of the credible and available evidence suggests that he was armed,” Murray said of Scott, adding that he had purchased the gun illegally online and that footage from a surveillance video suggested that he was wearing an ankle holster during his encounter with police. Murray said the decision to not charge the officer was made by 15 different prosecutors, and that it was unanimous. He also said he met with Scott’s family before making the announcement and they were “extremely gracious.” But Scott’s daughter, Lyric, doesn’t seem nearly as content as Murray suggests.

Lyric Scott did not respond to Vocativ’s request for an interview — her uncle said she will not be talking about the case. But she’s made multiple posts on Facebook calling the police “pigs,” mocking Murray, and expressing outrage over his decision to not charge the officers in her father’s death.

“I Didn’t Know That Baggy Sweat Pants Meant You Had A Gun Holster,” she wrote in one post, as Murray was holding a nationally televised press conference about his decision to not charge the officers. “These Fuckers Are Lying,” she writes in another, claiming that didn’t have a holster or a gun, and that no gun can be seen in cellphone video shot by her mother during the incident nor in the footage from the police. “NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE” reads a later post.

Previously, she claimed that her father was killed “for being black.” The officer who shot him also is African-American.

Scott family attorney Charles Monnett isn’t entirely convinced by the prosecutor’s claims, either, telling reporters Wednesday that “we still have concerns. We still have real questions about what decisions were made that day.”

Scott was killed on September 20. Two plainclothes officers were about to serve a warrant in the apartment complex where they encountered Scott, according to a press release distributed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in October. The two officers were sitting in an unmarked car when Scott’s white SUV pulled alongside them. The officers said they saw Scott rolling what they believed to be a blunt, which, they said, was not a priority for them at the time. Then, they said, Scott held up a gun, at which point the officers believed they had probable cause to investigate the weapon, and arrest Scott for the weed.

The officers left the complex and returned with marked vehicles and equipment that identified them as police. They found Scott’s vehicle and ordered him to drop the gun repeatedly, they said. Scott failed to comply. When he got out of his vehicle, he is seen in one video backing away from the officers and his SUV when the officer opened fire. It remains unclear whether he was holding a gun when he exited his vehicle.

Scott’s death sparked days of riots and protests in Charlotte. The biggest question has always been whether he was holding a gun at the time, a question that remains unanswered — three officers reported seeing Scott holding a gun, but dash-cam video of the incident doesn’t show it.

“You do hear officers make reference to a gun. You do not hear that it is in his hand or anything like that,” another of the Scott family’s attorneys, Justin Bamberg, said last month. “In fact, it’s my belief that if that firearm was within that section of his body you would have seen it because the officer with the body camera was standing right there.”

Multiple video recordings of the incident were viewed by prosecutors, including one made by Scott’s wife and another 16-minute body cam video. None of them, however, answer the question of whether Scott was holding a gun. They do show how officers responded after shooting Scott, and the efforts they made to save his life.

“Stay with us, bro,” one officer says in one of the recordings. “What’s your name, big man?” The officers then rolled Scott over and attempted to perform CPR to no avail.