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Wife of Charlotte Shooting Victim Recorded Encounter With Police

Police have also found the man accused of shooting a demonstrator.

by Tyler Koslow

New video of the moments leading up to the shooting death of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police has been released by the victim’s family.

The footage, taken by Scott's wife, does not show the moment he was shot, nor does it clarify whether or not Scott was in possession of a gun.

"Don't shoot him, don't shoot him," Scott's wife begs police before they fire. Officers are then seen surrounding his body as it is slumped on the ground.

 

 

A photo taken by witness obtained by NBC affiliate WCNC appears to show a gun lying near Scott on the ground, however his family maintains he was unarmed.

The Scott family, along with activists, have pressed city officials to release police footage including body and dash cameras that captured the fatal encounter.

“You shouldn’t expect it to be released,” Police Chief Kerr Putney said when asked if Charlotte officials planned to follow suit of law enforcement in Tulsa, who released footage within days of the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man who died at the hands of an officer in Oklahoma.

“I’m not going to jeopardize the investigation.” Putney said on Thursday, the same day prosecutors in Tulsa charged the officer who killed Crutcher with manslaughter.

The handling of the situation in Charlotte has prompted three straight nights of protests including some violent flare ups.

Chants of “release the tape” and “we want the tape” were shouted while an intersection near Bank of America headquarters was blocked, which then led the demonstration to the city government center.

A newly implemented curfew went into effect Friday from midnight to 6 AM, but protesters violating the curfew would not be removed from the street as long as they were peacefully demonstrating, city officials told media.

Charlotte police on Friday also announced the arrest of a suspect in the killing of a demonstrator shot during protests Wednesday night.

Rayquan Borum has been charged in the shooting death of Justin Carr, 26, who was on life support and died Thursday after being shot in the head.


Photo of Jason Carr via WSOC


Protesters were also able to mark themselves safe on the Facebook Safety Check feature as well. Charlotte’s WBTV news station showed a number of protestors shaking hands and conversing with police officers.
 


CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, who like Scott is also African-American, has been placed on paid administrative leave, as is standard procedure.

"It was incredibly difficult for members of the Scott family to view these videos, but as a matter of the greater good and transparency, the Scott family asks that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department publicly immediately release both of the videos they watched today," Scott’s family attorney said in a statement.


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Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based freelance writer with an intensive focus on technology, music, pop culture, and of course, cannabis and its impending legalization.



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