Charlotte Police Release Video of Shooting, But It is Not Conclusive

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By Masha Froliak | 12:05 am, September 25, 2016


The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released two videos on Saturday, September 24, of the controversial shooting of Keith Lamont Scott last week. One video is from an officer’s body camera and does not show much of the shooting, nor can audio be heard until after the shooting. The video does show much of the aftermath of the shooting, as officers secure Scott.

The second video is from a dashboard camera. Police officials have said the video is not conclusive in showing whether Scott was holding a gun or not, and it is not clear from the video if he is holding a gun. The video shows Scott exiting his vehicle and walking back from officers before he is shot multiple times.

Police said they recovered a gun from the scene, and testing showed Scott’s DNA and fingerprints were on the gun. Police released photos of the gun, holster and marijuana blunt which they said were in Scott’s possession. Two independent investigations are still ongoing.

The footage of the fatal shooting was released amid a week of violent unrest in Charlotte. Scott is black, as is the police officer who shot him, and demonstrators have sought to tie Scott’s death to a nationwide string of fatal shootings of black men by police.

On Saturday crowds gathered in front of the Charlotte police department building chanting “No tapes, no peace”.