With anxiety in the form of demonstrators on the streets of Charlotte, and a viral video taken by the wife of the victim circulating, Charlotte police have decided to release dashboard camera footage of the Tuesday shooting which ended the life of Keith Lamont Scott.
As promised in a press conference Saturday, from Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD Chief Kerr Putney, video was made available via a web link in a news release.
“I believe we are at a stage where we can release additional information without adversely affecting the investigation.” said Putney. “What we are releasing are the objective facts. What we are giving you is the most complete puzzle that we can, without trialling the case out in public.”
The footage from the cam attached to the cruiser, shows Scott exiting his vehicle and slowly wandering aimlessly with something in his left hand. However, the dash cam footage is not clear enough to make a positive ID on a firearm. After multiple shouts of “Drop the gun!” from attending armed officers, shots are fired and Scott falls to the ground.
Charlotte police are likely hoping the video will quell some of the anger shown by protests around the city.
Earlier in the week, protests became violent with demonstrators setting fires and smashing windows of hotels, office buildings and restaurants.