Watch The Keith Scott Shooting Body Cam Videos Released By Charlotte Police
After days of protest, the Charlotte Police Department has finally acquiesced to public demands to release police dash cam and body cam footage from the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. Charlotte PD Chief Kerr Putney stated prior to the video release that they gave "no definitive visual evidence that [Scott] had a gun in his hand," which has arisen as a major disputed claim in the case. You can watch the Charlotte police videos of Scott's shooting to learn more about the police encounter.
However, you shouldn't feel obligated to watch if these videos if you don't want. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg police department announced that it would release additional evidence and information along with the videos. In recent years, videos of black Americans being slain by police have become a grim, seemingly permanent fixture of American life, and that takes a toll.
That said, this new footage is newsworthy is beyond dispute, and it comes just one day after the cellphone video released by Scott's wife. These new videos will undoubtedly drive conversation across both mainstream media and social media. Here's what's been released by the Charlotte Police Department ― for the record, this is not all the footage the CMPD has, as Putney acknowledged only two angles would be released.
The CMPD also released a photo displaying three pieces of evidence recovered from the scene ― a small ciagrette-like stub (the authorities have claimed Scott was smoking a blunt when they first sighted him), a handgun, and a holster.
Neither video makes it transparently clear whether Scott was holding a gun, although the evidence photos (as well as DNA evidence that police sources reportedly say was found on the firearm) raise that as a distinct possibility. On the other hand, however, the dash cam video makes it pretty clear that Scott's right arm was not raised or pointed in anyone's direction when the shots were fired, and his left arm (although it moves just out of frame before the shooting begins) doesn't visibly move.