New Video Surfaces from Keith Lamont Scott Police Shooting Death
A new video surfaced from the North Carolina police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, showing Charlotte police officers holding him at gunpoint, ordering him to “drop the gun” before they open fire and kill him.
The footage, recorded by his wife, does not show any gun nor does it prove he was not holding a gun.
But it captures his wife telling officers he has no gun.
Rakeyia Scott can also be heard telling her husband, “Keith, don’t you do it” as he steps out of an SUV.
The video is at times shaky and not at a direct angle, but in the frames containing her husband, he is not lifting his arms nor pointing anything at them.
The actual shooting is not captured on camera because she has it pointed downwards but the sounds of gunshots are captured.
According to NBC News, who obtained the video:
It’s at that moment that four gunshots can be heard, as Scott’s wife screams: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?”
In the aftermath, police officers can be seen attending to Scott’s prone body as his wife apparently calls 9-1-1. No gun can be seen in the footage, which appears to have been recorded from a nearby patch of grass.
The footage was obtained by NBC News amid conflicting reports about whether a gun was found at the scene of the shooting. Police say he had a handgun on him and posed “an imminent, deadly threat.” The family says he was not armed and did not pose a threat to the officers.
A photo, previously obtained by NBC News from local affiliate WCNC, appears to show a gun at the scene.
The photo of the dark object people are saying is the gun was taken after the yellow crime ribbon tape was up. If you look at the video below, you will see that the black object was not near Scott’s feet in the moments after they shot him before the crime tape went up.
In watching the video, it appears it could be a black glove dropped by one of the cops towards the end of the video. Or could it have been a gun?
Also, North Carolina also is an open carry state, which means citizens have the right to carry guns. However, Scott had a prior conviction for a violent felony, which would have made it illegal for him to carry a gun.
But his criminal history did not prevent him from getting hired as a shopping mall security guard where he worked for almost a year before he became injured in a motorcycle crash, according to CNN.
Scott was in a near-death motorcycle crash last year that left him disabled, family members said.
“He had some issues with his brain and he had two broken hips and (his) pelvis broke in half and his nose was broken,” his mother, Vernita Scott Walker, said in an interview with CNN affiliate WCSC-TV. “It caused him to stutter his words and sometimes he couldn’t remember what he said.”
Before the crash, niece Nayshondra Mercer told CNN affiliate WIS-TV, he was a security officer and had a good relationship with law enforcement.
“He didn’t have any bad blood, so to speak, with law enforcement, because he actually worked alongside law enforcement,” she said.
Scott worked security at the Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, North Carolina, from November 2014 to October 2015, according to Robert Barringer, the mall’s head of security.
“He did as he was told” during his shifts, Barringer said.
The Charlotte-Mecklenberg police chief said there is dash cam footage from the shooting but none of it is conclusive that Scott was holding a gun.