Charlotte Activists Demand Release of Shooting Video

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released only two minutes of footage captured by a dashboard camera and a body camera of the police shooting of Keith Scott. The agency now says it will respect the request from Scott’s family and allow them to view all the footage, which totals more than two hours, the Charlotte Observer reports. On Saturday, the Charlotte Community Builders Coalition released a list of demands that includes the public release of the same footage and a repeal of a new state law that makes all police video footage off limits to the public.

“I definitely believe the community, the public, deserves the right to see the videos,” said the Rev. Damiko Faulkner of Ben Salem Presbyterian Church. “[The police department] and elected officials are pleading with the people to remain calm when the entire story isn’t privy to the people. If things happened as they’ve been reported, then there should not be an issue.” The coalition is also demanding a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Scott’s death and the police department, and culturally-sensitive mental health resources for vulnerable communities.


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