So far, authorities in Charlotte, North Carolina have not released to the public the police videos that show exactly what happened in the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. On Thursday, family members and their legal counsel were able to watch the videos, and they have called for them to be released. But so far, silence from Charlotte’s mayor and police department on the matter.
Now, news outlets have been furnished another video of the incident, a cell phone recording made by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia. In the video she can be heard imploring officers not to shoot her husband, telling them that he has a traumatic brain injury and had just taken his medication.
Some of those who have seen the police videos say that it is unclear in them whether or not Scott had a weapon. Police claim that he did. In the cell phone video, Rakeyia Scott can be heard telling officers that her husband does not have a weapon. But unfortunately her video sheds no light on whether Scott was holding a gun when he was shot.
In the video, Rakeyia repeatedly tells her husband to get out of his vehicle. Then she calls his name several times, also saying “Don’t do it!” which appears to be directed at police, who were prepared to fire their guns at Scott. After calling out “Don’t you do it!” a second time, the sound of gunfire is heard as the police shoot Scott.
One of the lawyers representing Scott’s family, Justin Bamberg, says the new video doesn’t definitively show that police actions were justified or unjustified. He says Rakeyia Scott’s video offers “another vantage point” of what took place.
Here is the video, via NBC News:
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