CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WNCN) — In a news conference on Saturday afternoon, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police said they would soon release body cam and dash cam video of the deadly shooting involving Keith Lamont Scott.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney said in a news conference that the SBI assured him that releasing the video would not “adversely impact” their independent investigation.
Putney also said Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot by police on Tuesday afternoon, was “absolutely in possession of a handgun.”
Putney said he is releasing what he sees as “indisputable evidence that the facts we started with are the facts that remain.”
Putney said that the video would be released via a web link in the next 30 minutes, but 2 hours after the press conference began the video was still not released.
Meanwhile, the family of Keith Lamont Scott announced they would hold a news conference Saturday evening after they had a chance to review all video and documents released by Charlotte police on Saturday.
“These are tough times for our city and we’re going to get through it,” he added.
Police said the videos show no definitive visual evidence Scott had a gun in his hand. But Putney says other evidence from the scene proves it.
Community activists have been for days calling on Putney to release body cam and dashcam video of the shooting of 43-year-old Scott. Putney has said he wants to be transparent but also won’t compromise his investigation.
Scott’s family has viewed the videos and has called on Putney to release them to the public.
“In name of transparency, you’re going to get everything we can deliver. Facts, footage, explanation of where we stand in the case,” Putney said.
The chief says he thinks people can interpret what they want. Then added, “But you have to look all pieces. And I stand by the facts.”
— The Associated Press contributed to this report
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) — Multiple sources confirm to WBTV that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will release video on Saturday showing officers’ encounter with Keith Lamont Scott that led to Scott’s death. The video is expected to be released during a press conference.
It’s video that Scott’s family has been wanting to have released to the public. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney initially said he did not want it to be released to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Scott, 43, was killed Tuesday while police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road, in northeast Charlotte. His death sparked protesting across the city, erupting into violence.
Related story: Keith Scott’s wife releases cell phone video of shooting
Scott’s family has said he did not own a gun, but police said they recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. Friday, a police source confirmed to WBTV that a gun reportedly found near the body of Keith Lamont Scott has Scott’s fingerprints, DNA and blood on it. The source also told WBTV the case in the gun was loaded.
CMPD says video does not give probable cause
Putney did not fully describe what he saw in the video, but said the video, along with evidence gathered at the scene, supports what they’ve said since the beginning of the investigation.
Putney says he has seen one video from body cam and one video from dash cam, and that more evidence is still coming in. “The video evidence doesn’t solely get us to probable cause,” Putney said.
Brentley Vinson, the officer who opened fire, was not wearing a body camera, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. Putney said 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.”
Family calls for CMPD to answer video
Family viewed the video Thursday, saying they then had “more questions than answers.”
“When told by police to exit his vehicle, Mr. Scott did so in a very calm, non-aggressive manner,” the statement from the family read. “While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time.”
An attorney later told the media that they saw “versions from different angles.”
“We believe the time will come where everyone will be able to see what actually happened,” he said. “We ask that you all give this family time to mourn.”
Several stories have emerged on whether Scott had a gun at the time. Some say he was holding a book. “My understanding is that he did not own a gun, he did not habitually carry a gun,” Bamberg said.
Scott family releases video recorded by wife
Friday, WBTV obtained a video recorded by Scott’s wife, Rakeiya Scott. The 2 ½-minute shows his wife repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot as they shout commands to drop a gun. Her footage does not show the shooting, though gunshots can be heard.
The investigation has been turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation, but CMPD still has the authority to release it when they decide to do so.
“The SBI has dedicated significant resources to investigate this case and will report back to the District Attorney when the investigation is completed,” the SBI said in a statement. “Regarding the video of the event captured by CMPD cameras, CMPD remains the custodian of the original recording and as such has the legal authority to release it.”
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