Just days after Charlotte police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters “you shouldn’t expect it to be released,” the Charlotte police department has changed its mind, and released to different videos of the shooting of Keith Scott.
Neither offer a clear picture of the shooting, but show new angles of the deadly encounter which has sparked days of protests and unrest in the city. Days before, Scott’s wife released her own cell phone video of the shooting.
In the latest clips, police can be seen yelling at Scott to drop a weapon and to exit a vehicle. As several officers hold drawn weapons at Scotts car, another, on the other side of the car, attempts to break a window.
Moments later, Scott can be seen seemingly calmly exiting the car with his hands low at his sides, walking backwards. It is unclear if anything is in his hands, but nothing is apparent from the videos. Seconds later, as Scott is walking backwards with his hands at his sides, he is shot multiple times. Officer immediately handcuff him as he is bleeding on the ground.
Police say they recovered a gun, an ankle holster and a joint from the scene, though Scott’s family has maintained that he was unarmed. Police have also explained what sparked the encounter. They say that while at Scott’s apartment complex looking for someone else, they saw Scott in his car with both a marijuana joint and a handgun. The confrontation began moments later when the officers demanded he drop the gun and exit the vehicle. Discuss
The family of Keith Scott has released disturbing cell phone footage of his deadly encounter with police.
The footage, which you can see here (warning, it is graphic), shows police officers pointing guns at a pick up truck, repeatedly yelling for Scott to “drop the gun!” His wife, who is holding the camera, is heard yelling, “He has no weapon … He doesn't have a gun, he has a TBI [traumatic brain injury], he’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.” She repeatedly tells officer, “Don’t shoot him.”
At point, a voice in the background yells, “I’m about to get f***ing shot over here!”
The video is frantic, and it’s not clear what is happening inside the vehicle or around it when Scott exits.
Mrs. Scott yells “Keith, don’t you do it!” several times before several gunshots are heard.
The moments after are jarring, with Mrs. Scott saying, “He better not be dead. … He better live!”
The Charlotte Police department also has footage of the encounter, but has refused to release it, citing an investigation into the shooting. They have said that Scott was shot because he posed an “imminent, deadly threat” to the officers on the scene, and have said he had a gun. Discuss
The circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott have been disputed by police and his family. Both agree that Scott was sitting in his car moments before officers came to his apartment complex, looking for someone else. Police say he got out of his car with a gun and would not put it down, but his family says he was reading a book at the time. The officer, who is also black, was wearing street clothes with a police vest at the time of the shooting. According to reports, there is dashcam footage of the shooting, though it has not been made public.
During last night’s demonstrations, the second night of protests in the city, at least one person was shot (they are currently on life support), and several more people, including at least 16 police officers, were injured.
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Protest began peacefully, though some demonstrations turned violent, as several stores and downtown buildings were vandalized and looted, and protestors clashed with police, who used tear gas on crowds. Charlotte’s mayor has said she is considering instituting a curfew. Discuss
According to the local police department, 12 officers were injured when some in the crowd began throwing objects. Crowds had gathered in the area after officers shot and killed a local African-American man at an apartment complex. The officer who shot him is also reportedly African-American. There are some conflicting reports as to what led to the shooting.
Police arrived at the area in the afternoon to look for a suspect with an outstanding arrest warrant. Moments later, they saw another man, named Keith Lamont Scott—unrelated to the search—exiting his car. There are conflicting reports as to what happened next. Police say after he exited his car, he got back in and then came back out with a gun. Police say he “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers, who subsequently fired their weapon striking the subject.” However, some witnesses say Scott was unarmed, and was reading a book, not holding a gun. Scott’s daughter says her father is disabled, and was simply waiting in his car for his son to be dropped off by the school bus.
In the hours after the shooting, demonstrators came to area. Police used tear gas on the crowds, as of some the protests took a violent turn, with some demonstrators throwing rocks and bottles. A local Walmart and several tractor trailers stopped on the Interstate were looted as well. Multiple arrests were made. As the Charlotte Observer notes however, “Not all the interactions were so tense. Around 1 a.m. Wednesday, police were seen handing bottles of water to the several dozen people who were still protesting.” Discuss
Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who recently lost a bid to become the Republican presidential nominee, has just released a new statement calling for a ban on refugees from the Middle East.
In a statement to the Washington Free Beacon, he said Congress should act “to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country.” He’s apparently referencing the White House’s plan to increase the number of refugees the U.S. will welcome from next year.
Those refugees are highly-vetted, and are among some of the most vulnerable families now living in refugee camps many after escaping war, violence in ISIS in Syria, where millions have been displaced.
Cruz’s statement also seems to linked this weekend’s terrorist attacks to the current refugee crisis, even though neither of the alleged attackers are Syrian, and both have lived in the country for years. He said,
Terrorist attacks over the last several days across our homeland, from Manhattan to Minnesota, indicate we are moving into a new phase of the war against ISIS and al Qaida, who are increasingly targeting Europe and the United States … Congress should act to prevent Americans who have travelled abroad for training from returning here, and to stop the flow of refugees from hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East that President Obama is determined to bring to our country.
As Slate noted, the alleged attacker in Minnesota was an ethnic Somali born in Kenya so it’s unclear how he would have even been affected by Cruz’s proposed ban on “hotbeds of terrorism in the Middle East.” Cruz previously introduced a bill called the “Terrorist Refugee Infiltration Prevention Act of 2015” which sought to ban almost all refugees from the following countries: Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Iraq. Discuss