Protesters march at game after release of video
Angry protesters have filled the streets of Charlotte every day since the Tuesday killing of Keith Scott, 43, whom police said was armed when officers shot him.
Sunday’s gathering outside the stadium where the National Football League’s Charlotte Panthers played and lost to the Minnesota Vikings broke up before the game finished and the stadium emptied without incident.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Saturday released body-cam and dashboard videos showing parts of Tuesday’s confrontation. But the footage offered no clear evidence that Scott was holding a gun at the time.
The previous night, hundreds of people marched through the city center on a fifth night of demonstrations that stretched into Sunday morning, including white and black families protesting police violence.
On Saturday, police released videos showing Scott’s shooting in the parking lot of a Charlotte apartment complex.
Putney acknowledged that the videos themselves were “insufficient” to prove Scott held a gun but said other evidence completed the picture.
Police said officers trying to serve an arrest warrant for a different person caught sight of Scott with marijuana and a gun, sitting in a car in a parking lot.
Both Scott’s family and protesters have disputed the police statements that Scott was carrying a gun.
One of the released videos from a police dashboard camera shows Scott exiting his car and backing away from it, hands at side. Police shout to him to drop the gun, but it is not clear that he has anything in his hand. Then shots break out and Scott drops to the ground.
Protesters outside of Bank of America Stadium during the NFL game between the Carolina Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday in Charlotte, North Carolina.