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Charlotte Police Chief: Footage of Fatal Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott Will Be Released

Photo: ABC
Photo: ABC

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters on Saturday that his department will release video footage from police body cams and dash cams of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. The footage will appear online sometime Saturday evening.

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Scott was shot and killed on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina by cops who came upon him sitting in his car in the parking lot of an apartment complex they were while searching for a different man with an outstanding warrant. What happened next is unclear. Scott’s family has said that he was unarmed and reading a book in the car, waiting for his son to come home, when cops approached him. Cops claim that Scott was holding a gun.

According to the AP, Putney told the press that Scott was “absolutely in possession of a handgun.”

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“In the spirit of transparency, you’re going to get everything that we can deliver,” said Putney, “facts, footage, and an explanation of where we stand today relative to the investigation.”

According to CNN, Putney claimed the decision to make the video public had nothing to do with Scott’s widow releasing cellphone footage she took of the shooting on Friday. This video does not show whether Scott was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting, as cops have claimed.

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Putney stated on Thursday that the body cam footage does not “definitively” show events the way cops claim it happened.

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Dude looks … beleaguered.

 

I don’t envy him or the police chief in Dallas their positions. I can’t imagine what they’re being told by higher-ups is the Official Script … nor what tacit velvet phrases are being used to threaten their jobs if they don’t comply with said Official Script.

 

Also – does anyone else notice about that AP Tweet that it specifically says the victim was “in possession of a handgun” … but it doesn’t say anything about how the police know that, or where that gun was found?

Or at what point in the timeline of the incident it was found?

Or whether it was even located or visible in any location where the police who shot the victim reasonably needed to be fearing for their lives at all …?

This video does not show whether Scott was in possession of a handgun at the time of the shooting, as cops have claimed.

Putney stated on Thursday that the body cam footage does not “definitively” show events the way cops claim it happened.

And there you have it.

Still flimsy.

Don’t get me started on the “chain of custody” issues Professor Butler mentioned.

/hmm