(Warning: Video contains graphic images)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The wife of Keith Lamont Scott videotaped the encounter between her husband and police on Tuesday.
The event took place in their apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. Scott’s family says he was waiting on one of his children to return home from school when police showed up to serve someone else a warrant and the incident occurred.
The family’s lawyer says Rakeyia Scott came out of the apartment and saw the shooting, according to The New York Times.
The 2 1/2-minute cellphone video opens with Rakeyia’s plea to the police to not shoot her husband.
“Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him. He has no weapon, he has no weapon,” she’s overheard saying repeatedly.
In the background, police are overheard telling Keith to drop the gun while she tells her husband to comply with their demands.
“Keith, don’t let them break the windows! Come on out of the car,” she screams, “Keith, don’t do it!”
Moments later you hear four gunshots and Keith’s body on the ground.
“Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be ******* dead. He better not be dead,” she says after the shots.
The killing sparked three nights of violent protests between Charlotte law enforcement and demonstrators, leading to Gov. Pat McCrory declaring a state of emergency after dozens of injuries and the death of one person.
Two police videos — from a dashboard camera and an officer’s body camera — show Scott’s death. Police allowed Scott’s family to view the videos Wednesday but have so far declined to release the footage to the public.
Charlotte-Mecklenberg police Chief Kerr Putney said he favors releasing the police videos surrounding Tuesday’s shooting, but only when enough information is gathered so that the videos can be part of a package so that the incident “can be fully understood.” When asked whether he favored releasing the videos, he said: “It’s a matter of when.”
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts signed a curfew order Thursday night that began at midnight and ended at 6 a.m. The curfew will continue to be in effect while the state of emergency continues. It exempts law enforcement, medical staff, military personnel and public utility employees.