North Carolina police have released two videos with footage of the fatal police shooting of a black man, Keith Lamont Scott. The shooting has led to days of widespread protests in the city of Charlotte.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said late Saturday afternoon the department would show footage taken from a police body cam and and dash cam during an encounter with Scott in Charlotte.
Scott was shot dead by police in the parking lot of an apartment complex. The footage shows a black man leaving an SUV and “walking backward as he’s shot at four times,” the Associated Press reported.
Putney said during a press conference Saturday that the video does not show Scott carrying a weapon but that he “absolutely” was in possession of a handgun. He also said officers were attempting to serve a warrant to another individual nearby when they saw Scott with marijuana.
“When they see the weapon and they see marijuana, they say ‘Uh-oh, this is a safety issue,’” Putney said.
The announcement comes after Scott’s wife released her own shaky video taken on her cell phone in the moments leading up to his death. The video did not show the the fatal gunshots nor whether Scott had a weapon. Scott’s family were able to view police video footage this week, which they said did not show him carrying a weapon.