On Saturday, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released a portion of video footage of the police shooting of Keith Scott. On Tuesday, Scott was killed by police, but his death has caused controversy, as police and witnesses have varying accounts of what happened. His wife recorded footage, which went viral immediately. See the footage below.
Today, a graphic video was released to the public. The footage was taken from police body camera footage, it captures the moments before police shot Scott. See the footage below.
Here’s another view of the shooting.
There’s much controversy surrounding whether Scott was carrying a gun. Witnesses say that he did not have a gun, while police have released photos of a gun they recovered at the scene.
Police also released a more detailed explanation of the incident, claiming that Scott was wearing an ankle holster and had a marijuana blunt. When asked if the released footage may calm protestors, Chief Kerr Putney said
The footage itself will not create in anyone’s mind absolute certainty as to what this case represents and what the outcome should be. The footage only supports all of the other information.
At his news conference, Putney said that his officers didn’t break the law but noted that the state is continuing its investigation.
Officers are absolutely not being charged by me at this point, but again, there’s another investigation ongoing.
Putney said that Scott was “absolutely in possession of a handgun,” and that officers also saw marijuana in his car, prompting them to act.
The city has been on edge ever since Scott’s shooting death.
Photos: CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT