Po­lice re­lease video of shoot­ing

The Myanmar Times - - World -

CHAR­LOTTE po­lice have re­leased footage of the fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man dur­ing an en­counter with of­fi­cers, af­ter days of protests de­mand­ing the videos be made pub­lic.

The Septem­ber 20 shoot­ing of Keith La­mont Scott has caused sev­eral nights of un­rest in the south­ern US city where res­i­dents have called for the po­lice to hand over the footage.

The videos were re­leased to a num­ber of US me­dia and posted on­line. The first shows Mr Scott get­ting out of a ve­hi­cle and walk­ing back­ward as po­lice fire four rounds at him, but it is un­clear whether he has a gun in hand. A sec­ond clip re­veals Mr Scott on the ground af­ter he was shot.

Po­lice had pre­vi­ously re­fused to re­lease the dash-cam and body-cam footage, which they said showed that the 43-year-old African Amer­i­can had posed a threat to of­fi­cers.

But Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice Chief Kerr Put­ney changed his tune, telling re­porters that peo­ple “want to see the facts, ob­jec­tive facts. And that’s what we’re pre­sent­ing”.

“Peo­ple can in­ter­pret any­thing they want based on one piece of ev­i­dence and I sus­pect they will, based on the footage. You have to put all pieces to­gether,” he said.

Mr Scott’s fam­ily lawyer Justin Bam­berg told a news con­fer­ence that de­spite the new videos, it was still im­pos­si­ble to “clearly iden­tify what, if any­thing, is in his hand”.

Mr Scott was killed at a Char­lotte apart­ment com­plex dur­ing an en­counter with po­lice search­ing for an­other per­son wanted for ar­rest. Po­lice say he had a hand­gun. His fam­ily says he was hold­ing a book.

Mr Put­ney in­sisted that Mr Scott had a hand­gun and added that he was also in pos­ses­sion of mar­i­juana.

“When of­fi­cers see the weapon, and they see the mar­i­juana, they say, ‘Oh-oh, this is a safety is­sue for us and the pub­lic’,” Mr Put­ney said.

Po­lice also re­leased a photo of a hand­gun they say Mr Scott had on him as well as an an­kle hol­ster.

Fol­low­ing sev­eral nights of vi­o­lence-marred protests, North Carolina’s gover­nor had al­ready de­clared a state of emer­gency in the city.

Mr Scott’s death is the lat­est in a string of po­lice-in­volved killings of black men that has fuelled out­rage across Amer­ica. –

Photo: AFP

A body cam­era screen grab, cour­tesy of a Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice De­part­ment video re­leased on Septem­ber 24, shows Keith La­mont Scott on the ground af­ter be­ing shot by a po­lice of­fi­cer in Char­lotte, North Carolina, on Septem­ber 20.

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