Charlotte police shooting: Family says video is unclear
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – An attorney for the family of a man who was shot and killed by police in Charlotte has released a statement after viewing video footage of the incident.
The family of Keith Lamont Scott has “more questions than answers” after viewing the footage, according to the family’s attorney.
The family said they couldn’t say what was in his hands when he was killed.
“It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” attorney Justin Bamberg said.
The family wants police to immediately release the videos to the public, Bamberg said.
The family says the video shows Scott acting calmly and non-aggressively on Tuesday.
“When he was shot and killed, Mr. Scott’s hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards,” Bamberg said.
The attorney’s statement can be read below:
Keith Lamont Scott’s wife and other members of her family viewed two videos captured by police dashboard and body cameras that showed Mr. Scott’s shooting death.
After watching the videos, the family again has more questions than answers.
When told by police to exit his vehicle, Mr. Scott did so in a very calm, non-aggressive manner.
While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time.
It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands.
When he was shot and killed, Mr. Scott’s hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards.
It was incredibly difficult for members of the Scott family to view these videos, but as a matter of the greater good and transparency, the Scott family asks that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department publicly immediately release both of the videos they watched today.
We will continue our own investigation into Mr. Scott’s death. For those who wish to protest, we urge you to do so peacefully.
Scott was shot and killed by a police officer Tuesday at an apartment complex in Charlotte, sparking protests and riots in the city. Officers were trying to serve an arrest warrant on another person.