Charlotte police release video of Keith Scott shooting

Keith Scott (Credit: CNN)

(WARNING: Video contains graphic footage)

CHARLOTTE, NC (WSPA) – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released video from a body camera and a dash-cam of the shooting of Keith Scott on Tuesday.

Along with the videos were photos of evidence – including a gun, ankle holster, and a marijuana ‘blunt’ that officers saw Scott rolling just before the shooting.

Charlotte’s police chief says officers were trying to serve a warrant on someone else but then spotted the man they ultimately shot and killed.

(WARNING: Video contains graphic footage)

Chief Kerr Putney told reporters on Saturday that officers saw marijuana and a weapon in Keith Lamont Scott’s car and said, “uh oh, this is a safety issue for us and the public.”

Police have said Scott was shot on Tuesday because he refused commands to drop a handgun. Residents have said he was unarmed. Putney says Scott “absolutely” had a gun but that it’s not shown in his hand in the videos.

Putney has said he wants to be transparent but also won’t compromise his investigation.

Governor Pat McCrory released a statement saying he agrees with the police chief’s decision to release the video.

Full statement from Governor McCrory:

As governor of North Carolina, I concur with the Charlotte police chief’s decision to release the tapes. I have been assured by the State Bureau of Investigation that the release will have no material impact on the independent investigation since most of the known witnesses have been interviewed. We have appreciated the ongoing dialogue and team work between state and city officials to seek public transparency while protecting the integrity of the investigation and the rights of all parties involved in this case.

(The Associated Press Contributed to this report)

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