A shocking cellphone video released by the family of Keith Lamont Scott shows the moments leading to his fatal shooting by police Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. The video was recorded by his wife.
Keith Scott was waiting in his truck for his young son to come home from school when police confronted him. He was not committing any crime.
The first portions of the shaky video appear to show a number of police officers surround a vehicle in a parking lot as Scott’s wife pleads with an officer not to fire his weapon.
“Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon,” Rakeyia Scott can be heard saying. At the same time, the officer is pointing a gun in Scott’s direction, screaming at him to “drop the gun.”
“He doesn’t have a gun,” Rakeyia screams again. “He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.”
The video shakes, and for a moment, a man in bright blue pants is seen near the surrounded vehicle. Gunshots are heard as Rakeyia Scott says again, “Don’t you do it.”
Scott’s family maintained that he didn’t have a gun at the time of the incident.
The clip is the first publicly released footage related to the shooting, which spurred days of protests in Charlotte. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory expects protests to continue through the weekend, he said Friday at a news conference. The chief of police has requested that the National Guard, the FBI and the highway patrol remain on the scene through Sunday, McCrory added.
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