Once again we have the all too familiar story of blacks taking to the streets to “protest” the justifiable police shooting of a dumb thug.
The evidence should put this case to rest, but blacks will be talking about this case for decades to come, claiming that Scott’s gun was planted by police.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney released videos Saturday of the deadly encounter between a CMPD officer and Keith Scott.
Putney said he released one body-worn camera video, dashcam footage, photos of a gun, ankle holster and a marijuana “blunt” in Scott’s possession at the time. There are more videos, but the ones police released show the actual incident, officials said.
“We do not shoot to kill. I wish I could control the outcome of the shootings,” Putney added.
Putney said he decided to release the videos Saturday because SBI officials told him it would not have any “adverse impact” to their independent investigation. Putney said his aim was to handle the situation correctly instead of quickly.
He said if laws had been violated by the officers, he would likely be taking a different action.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg police released the dashcam and body camera footage Saturday of the deadly encounter with Keith Scott, and provided the following explanation of events from Tuesday’s shooting:
Two plain clothes officers were sitting inside of their unmarked police vehicle preparing to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs when a white SUV pulled in and parked beside them.
The officers saw the driver, later identified as Keith Lamont Scott, rolling what they believed to be a marijuana “blunt.”
Officers did not consider Scott’s drug activity to be a priority at the time and they resumed the warrant operation. A short time later, Officer Vinson saw Scott hold a gun up.
Because of that, the officers had probable cause to arrest him for the drug violation and to further investigate Scott being in possession of the gun.
Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns. Officers left the immediate area to outfit themselves with marked duty vests and equipment that would clearly identify them as police officers.
Upon returning, the officers again witnessed Scott in possession of a gun. The officers immediately identified themselves as police officers and gave clear, loud and repeated verbal commands to drop the gun. Scott refused to follow the officers repeated verbal commands.
A uniformed officer in a marked patrol vehicle arrived to assist the officers. The uniformed officer used his baton to attempt to breach the front passenger window in an effort to arrest Scott.
Scott then exited the vehicle with the gun and backed away from the vehicle while continuing to ignore officers’ repeated loud verbal commands to drop the gun. Officer Vinson perceived Scott’s actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers, and fired his issued service weapon, striking Scott.
Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene.
Homicide Unit Detectives interviewed multiple independent civilian witnesses at the scene and at police headquarters. Those witnesses confirmed that officers gave numerous loud verbal commands for Scott to drop the weapon and also confirmed that at no time did Scott comply with their commands.
A lab analysis conducted of the gun crime scene investigators recovered at the scene revealed the presence of Scott’s DNA and his fingerprints on the gun. It was also determined that the gun Scott possessed was loaded at the time of the encounter with the officers. The investigation also revealed that Scott was wearing an ankle holster at the time of the event.
Here’s the only youtube video of the police bodycam footage that I could find as of this writing.