Days after a man was shot dead by the US police in Charlotte, a new video has surfaced purportedly showing the victim did not possess a gun even as protests continue to rock the largest city of North Carolina. A cellphone camera video made by the wife of Keith L. Scott before he was fatally shot by the police shows the moments before and after the incident, including the wife’s pleas to her husband to get out of his truck, and her pleas to the police not to shoot him, a report published by the New York Times said. The two-minute long video does not show the shooting, though gunshots can be heard. Before gunfire erupts, police repeatedly tell Scott to drop a gun. Police have claimed he was armed, but witnesses said he held only a book.
The 43-year-old was shot by a black police officer on Tuesday afternoon. (local time)
In the video, Rakeyia Scott tells officers her husband doesn’t have a gun, has a traumatic brain injury and won’t hurt them. She says, “Keith, don’t let them break the windows” as she urges him to exit his car. She further tells him, “don’t do it,” but it’s not clear exactly what she means, a report said.
After the shooting, she tells officers “I’m not coming near you. I’m going to record though.” Scott’s body is face down, and it’s unclear whether the officers are trying to help him or check for a weapon. She states the address and says: “These are the police officers that shot my husband.”
President Barack Obama has voiced his concern over the incident and said recent reports of unarmed African Americans being shot by police “should be a source of concern for all Americans.” President Obama, however, said protesters expressing their frustrations by looting or breaking glass aren’t going to “advance the cause” of racial justice. He added, “my hope is that in days to come, people in the community pull together and said, “How do we do this the right way? He also said “it’s important for all of us to say we want to get this right.”
Earlier, Charlotte’s police chief said there is at least one video from a body camera and one other video from a dashboard camera that captured the deadly shooting of a black man by an officer. But Chief Kerr Putney continued Friday to refuse to release the video, which could resolve wildly different accounts of the incident.
Charlotte’s mayor also said she does believe video of the police shooting of a black man should be released publicly, but she says it’s a matter of when. Mayor Jennifer Roberts said during a news conference today that “I do believe the video should be released. The question is on the timing.” Police Chief Putney echoed her remarks, saying the video’s release is “a matter of when, it’s a matter of sequence.”
Police said they have arrested a suspect in the deadly shooting of a protester during demonstrations in Charlotte. The protester was shot Wednesday night during a violent night of protests in Charlotte. Officials have since implemented a curfew. They also have called in state troopers and the National Guard in an effort to maintain order.