“Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon!”
Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte police last weekend. Violent riots broke out in response to the shooting. Rioters maintain Scott wasn’t armed, but was carrying a book.
Charlotte officials declined to make public footage of the police encounter.
With officials keeping their copy of the video footage under wraps, Scott’s family decided to release cell phone footage, recorded by Scott’s wife, that captured the police encounter. Scott’s family claims he was unarmed and suppering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
The family of Keith Lamont Scott has released cell phone video, recorded by his wife, that shows the moments leading to his fatal shooting by police Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The video is the first publicly released footage related to the shooting, which spurred days of protests in Charlotte.
“Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon,” Rakeyia Scott can be heard saying. The first portions of the shaky video appear to show a number of police officers surround a vehicle in a parking lot.
A man repeatedly yells for someone — apparently Keith Scott — to “drop the gun.”
“He doesn’t have a gun. He has a TBI (traumatic brain injury),” Rakeyia Scott says. “He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.”
She goes on to say: “Keith, don’t let them break the windows; come on out the car. Keith! Don’t do it. Keith, get out the car. Keith! Keith, don’t you do it. Don’t you do it. Keith! Keith! Keith!”
The video shakes, and for a moment, a man in bright blue pants is seen near the surrounded vehicle. Gunshots are heard as Rakeyia Scott says again, “Don’t you do it.”
She then yells: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be (expletive) dead.” Two people kneel over the figure with blue pants, apparently Keith Scott, now lying on the ground.
Police said an officer shot Scott on Tuesday after he failed to heed commands to drop a gun. His family has said he didn’t have a gun.
The gun police say they recovered from the scene of Scott’s shooting was loaded, a source close to the investigation told CNN. The source said investigators recovered from the weapon fingerprints, blood and DNA that matched with Scott. The source said the blood most likely got on the gun after the shooting.
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