Under Pressure, Charlotte Releases Police Shooting Video

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Police body camera footage released yesterday shows in graphic detail the final minutes of Keith Lamont Scott’s life after he was shot on Sept. 20 by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, reports the Charlotte Observer. The video shows police officers handcuffing Scott and then trying to save his life in the parking lot of his apartment complex. Officers in the video said they found three bullet wounds on Scott– on his wrist, abdomen, and on the back of his shoulder. While a gun is not seen in the footage, one officer is heard telling another to “come watch this gun.”

The body camera video, which lasts 16 minutes and 29 seconds, begins after Scott was shot. Much of it shows officers assessing and then tending to Scott’s wounds, securing the scene and talking to Scott as they knelt beside him. “Stay with us, bro, stay with us now,” one officer says to Scott. Six minutes and 45 seconds into the video, an officer says he can still feel Scott breathing. Seconds earlier, Scott’s wife could be heard in the background yelling, “He better be alive!” In the aftermath of Scott’s death that afternoon, Charlotte was roiled by several nights of protests. Initially, Police Chief Kerr Putney released only portions of police video, arguing it was unethical to show Scott dying. But Putney reversed course amid pressure to release the remainder of the footage, which totals two hours.

 

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