Charlotte communities remember Keith Scott on 1-year anniversary of shooting

- A vigil was held in honor of the one-year anniversary of Keith Lamont Scott's death Wednesday evening.

Candlelight and prayers filled the apartment complex where Scott was shot and killed by a CMPD officer one year ago.

It was a much calmer scene Wednesday evening in the same area where just a year ago violent riots broke out.

The riots moved from the scene off of Old Concord Rd. to I-85, where the contents of a semi-truck were set on fire. Unrest continued the following night in uptown Charlotte.

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"We didn't want that, Rakeyia didn't want that, none of her children wanted that."

The Scott family attorney was at odds with CMPD Chief Kerr Putney about what led to the violence last year.

A statement from Chief Putney online reads in part, “I can't understand those who created a totally false story line based solely on emotion and then continued to push that false story, knowing the damage it was causing to our community."

"This city didn't riot because of that. This city rioted because of the long standing precedent of officers abusing their authority," the family attorney said.

Now, 365 days later, the Scott family says their healing continues. They remain supportive of vigils like this and peaceful protests in the days following Scott's death.

"The community has been great to me and my family. Having faith in the police department? No I don't have that. Do I see any changes? No," said Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott.

Rakeyia spoke at a press conference at College Downs Apartment complex earlier today, wanting to remember her husband at the same time and place he died.

On Sep. 20, 2016 at 3:54 p.m. police officers were searching for another man with an outstanding warrant on Lexington Circle when Scott was shot and killed.

Here are a few words she shared during today's press conference.

"I just want the community to know that my husband was a great man. Keith Lamont Scott was a great man. We lost a great man. The community lost a great man. No matter what he did in his past, his past was not him on September 20th last year. They didn't even know who my husband was - let's make that very clear. They didn't know who he was when they placed that bullet in him. They didn't even know who he was. I don't have faith and trust. I'm not saying all cops are bad. That is not what I'm saying. But put yourself in my shoes. My husband didn't come home to us, but they went home to theirs."

Earlier in the day, clergy and community members came together for a walk of all faiths that took place in the Queen City, shedding a little light on what we've learned from last year's demonstrations. 

"We are the church without walls. We have come together. A very diverse group of people. Many different denominations and beliefs," said

Covering ground that stirs old emotions, the group visited sites that were significant to last year’s protests and riots, such as the Omni Hotel where Justin Carr was shot.

One participant called the walk, "A beautiful expression of hope, in the midst of pain." They stopped for a prayer at police headquarters.

"It's important that we never forget what happened last year," said Charlotte NAACP president Minister Corine Mack.

So, how much has Charlotte grown since last year?

"Not much to be quite honest," Mack says. Faith leaders believe not everyone is walking on an even playing field.

Mack says a difference still exists between "the well and well off and those who are impoverished," and that "those who are impoverished need us to be the voices for them."

Last year's demonstrations weren't all about a police shooting. It was about equality, and faith leaders say they're still listening.

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