Char­lotte of­fi­cials to re­lease full video in man’s death

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - OBITUARIES - The As­so­ci­ated Press

CHAR­LOTTE, N.C. >> Po­lice in Char­lotte say they will re­lease all of the dashcam and body cam­era video from the fa­tal shoot­ing of a black man that sparked in ri­ots in the city.

The Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice Depart­ment is­sued a news re­lease Fri­day evening say­ing the depart­ment has made ar­range­ments with the fam­ily of Keith La­mont Scott to re­view all the video.

It said the fam­ily re­quested that the video be re­leased ear­lier Fri­day and the depart­ment will do so once fam­ily mem­bers view it next week.

Pro­test­ers have been de­mand­ing that Char­lotte Mayor Jen­nifer Roberts and Po­lice Chief Kerr Put­ney re­lease all the video of the Sept. 21 shoot­ing.

The an­nounce­ment came af­ter an at­tor­ney for a coali­tion of 10 me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions or­ga­nized by The Char­lotte Ob­server and in­clud­ing The As­so­ci­ated Press, sent a let­ter to city of­fi­cials on Fri­day re­quest­ing again that the video be re­leased.

Me­dia lawyer Jonathan Buchan had said ear­lier that he had dis­cussed the con­tents of the po­lice videos with Judy Emken, a po­lice depart­ment at­tor­ney. Buchan quoted Emken as say­ing that the only po­lice body cam­era video of the fa­tal shoot­ing of Keith La­mont Scott lasts about 16 min­utes.

About two min­utes of the video has been re­leased, in­clud­ing the shoot­ing it­self. Ac­cord­ing to Buchan, Emken said the re­main­ing 14 min­utes is very bloody and in­cludes the sounds of Scott groan­ing as he dies.

“The Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice Depart­ment has made ar­range­ments for mem­bers of Mr. Scott’s fam­ily to re­view the re­main­ing body-worn cam­era and dash cam video of events fol­low­ing the shoot­ing in its en­tirety,” the state­ment re­leased by the depart­ment said. “Mr. Scott’s fam­ily has since re­quested in writ­ing at 4:49 p.m. to­day that the video footage be re­leased pub­licly.”

On Wed­nes­day Char­lotte and Meck­len­burg County ter­mi­nated the state of emer­gency placed into ef­fect af­ter protests over the shoot­ing death.

The shoot­ing led to two nights of vi­o­lent protests, in­clud­ing un­rest hours af­ter the shoot­ing Sept. 20 and more vi­o­lence in down­town Char­lotte the next night. The city lifted a cur­few that went into ef­fect af­ter the shoot­ing last Mon­day.

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