After days of protests, police in Charlotte, North Carolina said they will release video of the fatal police shooting earlier this week of 43-year-old Keith Scott. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
Charlotte Police: Marijuana and a gun at fatal police shooting
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STORY: After days of protest, police in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday (September 24)said they will release videos of the fatal police shooting of 43-year-old Keith Scott. The release of the video will come after five days of sometimes-violent protests in the city, in which demonstrators demanded that the videos be released and the officer who shot Scott be prosecuted.
At a press briefing announcing the release, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the protests did not influence his decision to release the video. He said he decided to release it because he was assured by state investigators that is would not impact their investigation. He also said officers initially focused on Scott because they saw marijuana, and then they saw a gun.
The shooting on Tuesday of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven, was the latest in a series of deadly police encounters across the country in recent years that has raised questions about use of force by U.S. law enforcement against African-Americans and other minorities.
Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Marshall Park on Saturday, which is near the center of Charlotte and is graced by a statue of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, on a hot, humid afternoon, demanding release of the police dashboard camera and body camera video of the shooting.
The circumstances of Scott’s shooting, including whether Scott was brandishing a gun as police have said, have come under intense scrutiny, which increased when the man’s family on Friday released a cellphone video taken by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia.
The two-minute video recorded by Scott’s wife showed the events leading up to the shooting, but not the shooting itself. In the video, Mrs. Scott can be heard pleading with officers to hold fire as they confronted her husband in a parked car outside a Charlotte apartment complex.