CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) – The family of Keith Lamont Scott will watch the police shooting video Thursday, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts says.
Scott, 43, was killed Tuesday while police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road.
Brentley Vinson, the officer who opened fire, was not wearing a body camera, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. Putney says other uniformed officers on scene were wearing cameras. Vinson was reportedly wearing plain clothes and a clearly marked CMPD vest.
“I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun,” Putney said, discussing what was recovered from the scene. “I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made referenced to.”
Others, such as Scott’s family, have disputed information that he had a gun, saying that he was armed with nothing more than a book. However, a photo released by a source close to the investigation appeared to show a gun next to Scott’s body.
The mayor of Charlotte says officials have no time frame for when they might release camera footage of the fatal police shooting of a black man.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts told “NPR” Thursday morning that releasing the police video “depends on the investigation and its progress, and it depends on the discretion of the chief to some extent.”
Calls for police to release the video have increased along with the violent protests, but the police chief has resisted. North Carolina has a law that takes effect Oct. 1 requiring a judge to approve releasing police video, and he said he doesn’t release video when a criminal investigation is ongoing.
Roberts said she hopes to watch the video Thursday or Friday. “I certainly would feel better being able to see it,” she said, adding that she doesn’t know how conclusive the video footage is until she watches it.
Scott’s wife, Rakeiya Scott, released a statement Wednesday night questioned statements put forward by law enforcement officials.
“After listening to remarks made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney today, we have more questions than answers about Keith’s death. Rest assured, we will work diligently to get answers to our questions as quickly as possible.”
Rakeiya also asked for peace.
“As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully. Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting,” the statement read.
Demonstrators held a vigil for Scott on Wednesday night in uptown, but hundreds more joined the protests and marched through the streets of Charlotte. As dusk turned to night, the protests erupted into violence as the protesters engaged in skirmishes with CMPD officers in riot gear.
Many protesters smashed windows of uptown businesses and caused thousands of dollars in property damage.
Law enforcement officials attempted to disperse the crowd, but many of them splintered off and attempted to block roadways.
There is no word on how many were arrested as a result of the protests.