Authorities Releasing Dash Cam Footage From Charlotte Shooting

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Amber Randall Civil Rights Reporter
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Charlotte authorities will be releasing the dashboard and body camera footage of the death of Keith Lamont Scott.

Kerr Putney, Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s police chief, announced the decision at a news conference Saturday, reports The New York Times. During the conference, National Guard soldiers guarded the outside of the building.

Pictures and other documents will also be released which will provide “indisputable evidence” that Scott was armed, Putney said.

The announcement is a switch from the authorities’ previous position. Before, city government leaders had said releasing the videos could compromise a criminal inquiry from the State Bureau of Investigation.

Officer Brentley Vinson, a black man, shot Scott while officers were trying to serve a warrant for another person. Police contend that Scott exited his vehicle with a gun and ignored repeated commands from officers to drop it. (RELATED: Police Chief: Black Man Told Multiple Times To Drop Gun Before Getting Shot)

The video itself does not provide complete evidence that Scott was carrying a gun, Putney said. When combined with witness testimony and other evidence, it becomes clear that Scott was armed.

“The footage only supports all the other information, physical evidence, the statements from witnesses and officers and all of the other information, scientific and physical, that create the whole picture,” Putney said.

Lawyers for the family released cell phone footage Friday recorded by Rakeyia Scott, the victim’s wife. The cell phone recording does not show the actual shooting; it only reveals the before and after of the police shooting.

Scott’s death unleashed days of rioting in Charlotte. Protesters looted businesses and damaged property as they demanded for the videos to be released.

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