CMPD to consider reaction time test in wake of shooting

September 15, 2017 - 3:35 pm

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- A citizens review board wants the police force for North Carolina's largest city to conduct a scientific study into whether an officer has time to react to a suspect with a gun pointed down.

The recommendation was made for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police after last September's fatal shooting of Keith Scott that led to two days of riots.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said Friday he will ask a third-party group to scientifically validate tests already done by the department that suspects holding guns at their sides can shoot before officers can react.

Putney said at a news conference the force will also review the board's other suggestions about creating a better policy on when officers can break vehicle windows when suspects aren't compliant and using less than lethal force against armed suspects.

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