Following night after night of protests, Charlotte police have finally decided to release dash cam and body cam footage of the fatal police shooting that took the life of Keith Lamont Scott.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney announced on Saturday that he would finally be releasing the video. In an afternoon press conference, Putney said a link would be provided to the media that would contain videos, photos, and other relevant information.
And of course, Putney swears it has nothing to do with the fact that Scott’s wife released cell phone footage yesterday.
“Our practice and our protocol is to release as soon as we can, to inform,” said Putney. He added that he had chosen not to release the videos until the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation could assure him that doing so would not have a negative impact on the investigation.
Scott was shot and killed on Tuesday afternoon. Charlotte police were at an apartment complex to serve a warrant to someone else when they noticed Scott sitting in an SUV. Police claim that Scott was threatening them with a gun, but his family insists that he was not armed and that the only thing he was holding was a book.
Protests erupted in the city and have continued for the past five days since the shooting, with protesters calling for the videos to be released. After Scott’s family was allowed to view the footage, they said they were left with more questions than answers and once again called for the videos to be released to the public. Following Putney’s failure to do so, Scott’s wife took matters into her own hands and released cell phone video she recorded of the incident to the media.
Police have already said that the videos do not clearly show Scott holding a gun. The video released by Scott’s wife on Friday did not show a gun either. The next day, Putney finally decided to make the videos public, but remember, it has nothing to do with the video that came out the day before and just happened to make the police look really bad. Nope. Nothing at all.
UPDATE: Police released the following body cam video on Saturday evening:
UPDATE: The following dash cam video was also released on Saturday evening:
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