Monday, May 20, 2024

Videos of Keith Lamont Scott Shooting Released by Charlotte Police (WATCH)

*After intense pressure, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department released some of the tapes of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, which has sparked days of protests across the city. The announcement was made on Saturday by Police Chief Kerr Putney. He also said that that other footage will come later.

Body cam video of Keith Lamont Scott shooting:

Via the dash cam video, Scott is seen exiting his car. He then walks backwards out of view of the camera and  then four shots are heard.Viewers are still not able to tell if there is anything in his hands. Meanwhile, if you’re wondering, the actual shooting is neither seen nor heard in the body cam footage.

Also, Officer Brentley Vinson, identified by police as the shooter, cannot be seen firing his weapon in either video.

Dash cam video of Keith Lamont Scott shooting:

Even though the tapes released to the public don’t show Scott with a gun, somehow Chief Putney is comfortable saying that Scott was “absolutely” in possession of a handgun and will offer “indisputable evidence” of the department’s account. Putney then added that at this point, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will not be charging any officer in the shooting. The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is also investigating the case.

The whole situation came about, according to Putney ,when officers were conducting surveillance related to a warrant they intended to serve on someone else, but their attention was drawn to Scott. They claim they saw marijuana and a weapon in Scott’s car and said believed, “this is a safety issue for us and the public,” the police chief said.

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Photograph of a gun and holster Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, police say they recovered as evidence after the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

He said Scott was shot after he did not follow police commands to drop his weapon.

“At every encounter, people can make a decision to follow loud, verbal commands. They (officers) were reacting to what they saw and they have a duty to do so,” Putney said.

He added that he believes the footage can now be released without jeopardizing the investigation.

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The police announcement came after hundreds of people gathered in Charlotte’s Marshall Park demanding the release of the police video footage, marching peacefully under the hot sun in, chanting and holding signs that said “Release the Tape.”

As we said up top, the Putney’s department was under pressure to release the tapes from the very beginning of the crises. Calls to show the footage intensified after Scott’s family released smartphone video of the moments leading up to and after the shooting Tuesday.

A woman identified as Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, recorded the incident with her phone and the video was provided to ABC News on Friday by attorneys for the Scott family. In the video, Rakeyia Scott can be heard pleading with police to not shoot her husband, a 43-year-old black man, as officers order the man to “drop the gun.” As the encounter continues, the woman yells back at police, insisting her husband is harmless and doesn’t have a weapon.

“He doesn’t have a gun,” she says. “He has a T.B.I. [traumatic brain injury]. He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.”

Police repeatedly scream at Keith Lamont Scott to “drop the gun” and, moments later, multiple gunshots ring out. The actual shooting is not shown on the video as Rakeyia Scott points her cellphone at the ground and screams, “Did you shoot him?” She then runs closer to the scene, angling the cellphone camera this time at the spot where her husband was shot. Scott’s body is seen lying in the street surrounded by several officers.

Rakeyia Scott’s video:

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