Fam­ily to view po­lice video of shoot­ing

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

CHAR­LOTTE, NC (AP): CHAR­LOTTE’S PO­LICE chief said yes­ter­day that he plans to show video of an of­fi­cer shoot­ing a black man to the slain man’s fam­ily, but the video won’t be im­me­di­ately re­leased to the pub­lic.

Char­lottte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice Chief Kerr Put­ney has said that 43-year-old Keith La­mont Scott re­fused of­fi­cers’ re­peated com­mands to drop a gun, but he said dur­ing a news con­fer­ence that the video does not def­i­nitely show Scott point­ing a gun at any­one.

Put­ney said he is work­ing to hon­our the re­quest from the fam­ily of Scott to view the video. It is un­clear when or if the video will be re­leasedb to the pub­lic.

PRI­OR­ITY IS THE VIC­TIMS

“Right now my pri­or­ity is the peo­ple who re­ally are the vic­tims of the shoot­ing,” Put­ney said. “I’m telling you right now if you think I say we should dis­play a vic­tim’s worst day for con­sump­tion; that is not the trans­parency I’m speak­ing of.”

Mean­while, the state prose­cu­tor in Char­lotte will ask the State Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion to look into the shoot­ing.

District At­tor­ney R. An­drew Mur­ray said in a statement Thurs­day that he was mak­ing the re­quest for a state in­ves­ti­ga­tion at the re­quest of Scott’s fam­ily.

The po­lice video could be key to re­solv­ing the chasm be­tween po­lice, who say Scott re­fused re­peated com­mands to drop his gun, and res­i­dents who say he was un­armed.

Res­i­dents say Scott was un­armed, hold­ing only a book, and was dis­abled by a brain in­jury. But it is un­clear what the body cam­eras worn by three of­fi­cers who present dur­ing the shoot­ing may have cap­tured. The plain­clothes of­fi­cer who shot Scott, Brently Vin­son, was not wear­ing a cam­era. He has been placed on leave, stan­dard pro­ce­dure in such cases. Vin­son is black,

As of­fi­cials tried to quell the un­rest, at least three ma­jor busi­nesses were asked their em­ploy­ees to stay home for the day as the city re­mained on edge. Mayor Jen­nifer Roberts said ear­lier on Thurs­day that the city was con­sid­er­ing a cur­few.

But Put­ney said dur­ing the Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg po­lice of­fi­cers be­gin to move protesters down a street in Char­lotte, N.C., yes­ter­day. news con­fer­ence that he saw no Wed­nes­day night turned into an rea­son to im­pose a cur­few. He an­gry march and then a night said Char­lotte now has more of vi­o­lence af­ter a pro­tester re­sources to deal with prob­lems, was shot and crit­i­cally wounded fol­low­ing a dec­la­ra­tion of a state as peo­ple charged po­lice in of emer­gency and the ar­rival of riot gear try­ing to pro­tect an the North Carolina Na­tional up­scale ho­tel in Char­lotte’s Guard and more of­fi­cers from typ­i­cally vi­brant down­town. the State High­way Pa­trol. Po­lice did not shoot the man,

A peace­ful prayer vigil on city of­fi­cials said.

AP

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