(AP) – In new video, the body of the man killed by Charlotte police can be seen on the ground, where officers appear to try to attend to him, but his actual shooting isn’t shown.
The video, recorded by 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott’s wife shows officers telling Scott to drop a gun, but it’s unclear from the footage whether he has a weapon. Police have said he was armed, but witnesses say he held only a book.
In the video, Rakeyia Scott tells officers her husband doesn’t have a gun, has a traumatic brain injury and won’t hurt them. She says, “Keith, don’t let them break the windows” as she urges him to exit his car. She further tells him, “don’t do it,” but it’s not clear exactly what she means.
After the shooting, she tells officers “I’m not coming near you. I’m going to record though.”
Scott’s body is face down, and it’s unclear whether the officers are trying to help him or check for a weapon.
She states the address and says: “These are the police officers that shot my husband.”
Scott’s family released a statement later on Friday saying they released the video ‘in the name of truth and transparency’ so that the public can draw their own conclusions about Keith Scott’s death.
Full statement released by attorney Charles Monnett:
Today’s decision to release cellphone video of the moments before Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed was made by the Scott family in the name of truth and transparency.
The family is still hopeful that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the city of Charlotte will release all available video of the incident to the public so that people can draw their own conclusions about Keith’s death.
We encourage everyone to reserve judgement until all the facts are known. This is simply one step in our quest to find the truth for this family.
We thank those in the community who have supported the Scott family during this difficult time, and we again ask for peace in Charlotte as we continue to learn more about the tragic events that unfolded September 20.
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