Charlotte police release 2 videos of shooting

Charlotte police released a body cam video and a dash cam video of the shooting incident involving Keith Scott. The videos do not conclusively show Scott was holding a gun, but several officers can be heard screaming "Drop the gun" numerous times before the fatal shots rang out.

The police also released photos of a holster, a loaded gun that they say have Scott's DNA and fingerprints on it, and a marijuana joint that cops claim they saw Scott rolling while they waited in an apartment complex parking lot to serve a warrant on another man.

The police narrative of the incident appears to roughly match the story told by the videos.

Charlotte Observer:

Police on Saturday gave this account of the fatal encounter:

Two officers in plain clothes were in an unmarked car waiting to serve a warrant when Scott’s white SUV pulled in beside them.

They saw Scott roll what they believed to be “a marijuana ‘blunt.’ ” They returned to watching for their suspect, then Vinson saw Scott hold up a gun.

They withdrew to a spot nearby and put on duty vests that said “Police” that would identify them as officers.

When they came back, Scott still had the gun. They identified themselves as police officers, the department said, and told him loudly and repeatedly to drop the weapon. Scott did not comply.

Then a uniformed officer in a marked SUV drove up to assist, and an officer started pounding on the front passenger window.

Scott then got out with the gun and backed away from the vehicle, police said, but did not drop the weapon.

“Officer Vinson perceived Mr. Scott’s actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers,” police said in a statement. “Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott. Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene.”

Police said multiple witnesses interviewed by homicide detectives heard the police shouting at Scott to drop the gun.

Scott’s DNA and his fingerprints were found on the loaded gun recovered at the scene. Scott was wearing an ankle holster, police said.

Here's a picture of the gun recovered by police at the scene:

Compare the account above with the family narrative:

Family members of Scott said they still have more questions than answers.

“It does not make sense to us how this incident led to loss of life,” said Scott’s brother-in-law, Ray Dotch, who spoke at a press conference called by the Scott family after the videos were released. “He was an American citizen and he deserved better.”

Lawyers for the Scott family said the videos do not clearly identify what, if anything, Scott had in his hands. CMPD said he was holding a handgun, but the family believes he was unarmed, the lawyers said.

When CMPD released the videos Saturday night, they also released photos of a handgun, ankle holster and marijuana blunt they said were in Scott’s possession at the time of the incident. The gun was loaded, they said.

Scott's mother claims he was not holding a gun, but rather the Koran.

The family probably sincerely believes Keith Scott was not a threat. But Scott was suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury - a fact that his wife was trying to get the police to understand while she was filming the encounter. It may have made Scott unresponsible to police requests to drop the gun.

Why would several police officers be screaming for Scott to drop his gun if he didn't have one? All the officers present couldn't  have been imagining what Scott was holding. At the very least, it is crystal clear that all the officers present believed that the object in Scott's hand was a firearm. The mob won't like it, but that fact alone exonerates the officers.

We will never know Scott's state of mind those last few seconds. Did the TBI lead to a severe depression so that he may have wanted to commit suicide by cop? But the bottom line must be that Scott refused to obey a lawful order from police to drop whatever was in his hand and paid for it with his life.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Charlotte police released a body cam video and a dash cam video of the shooting incident involving Keith Scott. The videos do not conclusively show Scott was holding a gun, but several officers can be heard screaming "Drop the gun" numerous times before the fatal shots rang out.

The police also released photos of a holster, a loaded gun that they say have Scott's DNA and fingerprints on it, and a marijuana joint that cops claim they saw Scott rolling while they waited in an apartment complex parking lot to serve a warrant on another man.

The police narrative of the incident appears to roughly match the story told by the videos.

Charlotte Observer:

Police on Saturday gave this account of the fatal encounter:

Two officers in plain clothes were in an unmarked car waiting to serve a warrant when Scott’s white SUV pulled in beside them.

They saw Scott roll what they believed to be “a marijuana ‘blunt.’ ” They returned to watching for their suspect, then Vinson saw Scott hold up a gun.

They withdrew to a spot nearby and put on duty vests that said “Police” that would identify them as officers.

When they came back, Scott still had the gun. They identified themselves as police officers, the department said, and told him loudly and repeatedly to drop the weapon. Scott did not comply.

Then a uniformed officer in a marked SUV drove up to assist, and an officer started pounding on the front passenger window.

Scott then got out with the gun and backed away from the vehicle, police said, but did not drop the weapon.

“Officer Vinson perceived Mr. Scott’s actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers,” police said in a statement. “Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott. Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene.”

Police said multiple witnesses interviewed by homicide detectives heard the police shouting at Scott to drop the gun.

Scott’s DNA and his fingerprints were found on the loaded gun recovered at the scene. Scott was wearing an ankle holster, police said.

Here's a picture of the gun recovered by police at the scene:

Compare the account above with the family narrative:

Family members of Scott said they still have more questions than answers.

“It does not make sense to us how this incident led to loss of life,” said Scott’s brother-in-law, Ray Dotch, who spoke at a press conference called by the Scott family after the videos were released. “He was an American citizen and he deserved better.”

Lawyers for the Scott family said the videos do not clearly identify what, if anything, Scott had in his hands. CMPD said he was holding a handgun, but the family believes he was unarmed, the lawyers said.

When CMPD released the videos Saturday night, they also released photos of a handgun, ankle holster and marijuana blunt they said were in Scott’s possession at the time of the incident. The gun was loaded, they said.

Scott's mother claims he was not holding a gun, but rather the Koran.

The family probably sincerely believes Keith Scott was not a threat. But Scott was suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury - a fact that his wife was trying to get the police to understand while she was filming the encounter. It may have made Scott unresponsible to police requests to drop the gun.

Why would several police officers be screaming for Scott to drop his gun if he didn't have one? All the officers present couldn't  have been imagining what Scott was holding. At the very least, it is crystal clear that all the officers present believed that the object in Scott's hand was a firearm. The mob won't like it, but that fact alone exonerates the officers.

We will never know Scott's state of mind those last few seconds. Did the TBI lead to a severe depression so that he may have wanted to commit suicide by cop? But the bottom line must be that Scott refused to obey a lawful order from police to drop whatever was in his hand and paid for it with his life.