Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police release video of Scott shooting

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released portions of the dashboard cam and body cam footage associated with the controversial officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott.

  • Public pressure to release video grew in recent days
  • Incident has sparked multiple nights of protest in Charlotte
  • Police Chief said release is meant to get "objective facts" to the public

According to a statement released with the video, on Tuesday officers were attempting to serve a warrant on another suspect when they encountered Scott. The statement says Scott was armed, and that officers on the scene, including Officer Brentley Vinson, believed he posed an imminent threat, causing Vinson to open fire.

Scott’s family maintains that he was unarmed.

Along with the video, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released photos of a handgun, ankle holster and a marijuana blunt recovered the scene that officers said belonged to Scott.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said the release of the video footage had nothing to do with the mounting public pressure to do so. Rather, he insisted it was part of their effort to get the objective facts to the public.

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September 24, 2016 |

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