Charlotte Police Release Footage from Keith Lamont Scott's Death After Days of Protests
Police will release this information "in the spirit of transparency," according to a tweet
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have released footage and new evidence involving the death of Keith Lamont Scott.
“In the spirit of transparency, we are going to get everything we can deliver,” Chief Kerr Putney from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police announced in a press conference on Saturday afternoon ahead of releasing the two video clips.
Putney said they would be “releasing body worn camera and dash-cam footage,” as well as “information about other evidence found” – including the reason police approached Scott.
Putney finds this information “indisputable evidence that the facts we started with are the facts that remain.” Police have said that Scott was in possession of a gun, although his family disputes that. Putney also said on Saturday that Scott was suspected of using marijuana when he was stopped by cops.
However, the footage released did not show clear evidence of Scott posing an immediate threat to police.
In the body-camera footage, it is not clear if Scott was holding a weapon in his hand. The shaky footage shows officers swarm around Scott as they shoot at him. They then approach him as he lies moaning on the ground on his stomach after firing at him. In the footage, you can see blood on Scott’s hand as an officer asks the other cops on the scene to fetch items from his car to help “compress the wound,” presumably on Scott. A woman can be heard yelling in the background.
The police also released three photos of a gun, an ankle holster and a marijuana joint that they say were found on the scene.
Scott, 43, was fatally shot Tuesday by Charlotte, North Carolina, police. Before the fatal confrontation, Scott, an African American man, was sitting in his vehicle in his apartment complex, authorities said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE. Officers, reportedly in plain clothes, were there to serve a warrant to a man who was not Scott, according to the statement.
In the first video, which was obtained by PEOPLE on Friday, Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, filmed the incident as she stands several yards away from a group of police officers surrounding Scott and his vehicle.
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The video does not appear to capture when police arrived on the scene and does not show the shooting.
Police can be heard in the footage yelling at Scott to “drop the gun.”
Scott’s wife repeatedly tells officers that her husband does not have a gun, pleading, “Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him.”
When asked if the footage released on Friday had anything to do with releasing the cops’ footage, Putney said he “couldn’t control” what is out there and that he wasn’t concerned about them.
Charlotte has been rocked by continued protests after the shooting of Scott. Protesters, community organizers and civil rights groups had previously asked the police to release their footage of the incident.