Po­lice shoot­ing au­dio backs up state­ments

Marysville Appeal-Democrat - - NATION -

A Char­lotte, N.C., po­lice of­fi­cer calls for backup, say­ing he has spot­ted a man with a gun and a mar­i­juana joint in his SUV. In fol­low-up ra­dio traf­fic, the of­fi­cer says a sus­pect has been wounded and is ly­ing on the ground.

The two snip­pets of au­dio the Char­lotte-Meck­len­burg Po­lice Depart­ment re­leased on Thurs­day along with a brief 911 call ap­peared to back up au­thor­i­ties’ as­ser­tion that of­fi­cers be­lieved Keith La­mont Scott had a gun. A black of­fi­cer fa­tally shot Scott last week, spark­ing vi­o­lent street protests and prompt­ing the gov­er­nor to call up Na­tional Guard troops, who were sta­tioned on down­town streets.

In the roughly 20-sec­ond 911 call, a wit­ness can be heard ask­ing for paramedics, then says they are al­ready ar­riv­ing. “I can’t stand y’all sorry asses,” he re­marks.

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