Cell Phone Video of Keith Scott Shooting Released by Family
WARNING: video contains disturbing content and profanity.
A video of the fatal encounter between Charlotte police officers and Keith L. Scott has been released by the family to the New York Times.
The cell phone footage (above) was recorded by Scott's wife, Rakeyia. The video, however, does not show Scott in the moments before a police officer opened fire, so it remains unclear whether he had a firearm.
The gunshots can be heard, but Scott and the officers are not visible in the video at that moment.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that Scott did have a gun and posed an "imminent threat" to the officers.
Police showed their own videos to the family on Thursday, but have not released them publicly.
Scott's family has maintained he did not have a weapon.
In the video, Rakeyia Scott pleads with police not to shoot her husband, screaming out that he had suffered a T.B.I (traumatic brain injury) and was not a threat.
Police, however, could be heard yelling at Scott over and over to "drop the gun."
Rakeyia Scott insisted to the officers that her husband did not have a gun.
"Did you shoot him?!" she yelled after several shots rang out.
"These are the police officers that shot my husband, and he better live. He better live. Because he didn’t do nothing to them," she said as she recorded the officers standing over Keith Scott's body.
An attorney for Scott's family said that 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."
Scott had parked his truck in a visitor's space of the apartment complex, where his family said he usually waited for his children to get off the school bus.
Police had arrived on the scene on a warrant for another individual.
Melissa Francis was joined on "America's Election HQ" by Gregg Jarrett and Eric Guster to discuss this new video.
Jarrett said the footage is "ambiguous" and fails to resolve the wildly different accounts of the shooting, which makes it all the more imperative that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department releases the dash cam and body cam videos they have of the shooting.
"Why? Because there's a public safety concern that overrides any compromise to the investigation," Jarrett explained. "[The videos] should have been released a long time ago."
Guster agreed and said that the public wants transparency from the department.
"So many communities do not trust the police, which you've seen time and time again," Guster said.