Charlotte NAACP President Corine Mack told CNN’s Carol Costello Thursday morning that the fact that Keith Lamont Scott had a gun on him when he was shot and killed by police doesn’t really mean he was “guilty of anything.”
“In my mind, and in most of the community’s mind, it doesn’t really matter if he had a gun,” she explained.
Mack argued that since “we have the right under the Second Amendment to carry here in North Carolina,” it was the police’s responsibility “to engage him in a more de-escalated way, to find out if he had a permit for his gun, and allow him to go on his merry way, and he would still be living today.”
“That’s not what happened,” she continued. “And so, I don’t want anyone to walk away from this conversation today thinking that a video showing he had a gun in any way says that he was guilty of anything.”
Mack also cast doubt over what the video released by Charlotte police actually proves.
“At the end of the day, you know, a video may show a different perspective, depending on the angle, and so if we don’t have many different angles you won’t get the full picture,” she told Costello. “You may not get the full picture.”