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Charlotte Police Release Extended Footage Of Keith Scott Shooting

The graphic video does not appear to show the firearm officers claim they discovered at the scene.

05/10/2016 3:20 PM AEDT | Updated 06/10/2016 2:00 AM AEDT
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Police in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday released extended footage of the Sept. 20 fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said it made the full dashcam and body camera videos available to the public after Scott’s family reviewed them earlier in the day.

The graphic 16-minute bodycam video doesn’t show the shooting itself, but officers can be seen cutting off Scott’s clothing, struggling to keep him conscious and administering CPR.

In the video, police say Scott was shot at least three times ― in his left shoulder, the left side of his abdomen and his left wrist. His wounds are clearly visible in the footage. 

At one point an officer is heard saying Scott had been “shot in the left lung.” Scott, who is facedown for the majority of the video, can be heard moaning repeatedly.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released new dashcam and body camera footage of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.

Police say Scott was carrying a gun, and they claim they recovered the weapon at the scene. Others, including Scott’s relatives, say he was unarmed and holding a book.

The footage does not appear to show a weapon that Scott might have been carrying, but an officer can be heard asking one of his colleagues to “stay right here with the gun.”

Officers in the video can be heard repeatedly asking Scott for his name, but they don’t seem to get a response. 

“Stay with us, bro, stay with us now,” one officer says.

“That’s the medic coming for you, boss, all right, they’re on their way,” another says.

Around 10 minutes into the video, officers remove handcuffs from Scott’s wrists and medics begin administering aid.

Justin Bamberg, an attorney for Scott’s family, said Tuesday that the video is “difficult to watch.” 

“We still don’t know and this video does not shine any light on whether or not a firearm was found or was in his possession or where it was found,” he told NBC Charlotte.

“When you look at the actions of Mr. Scott on film and you watch him die on this video, does the death that he suffered match with to the actions that he took during those moments before he was killed?” Bamberg added. “And it’s our position that right now they don’t.”

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Keith Scott family attorneys Justin Bamberg, Charles Monnett and Eduardo Curry (left to right) give a press conference in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Sept. 22.

Police also released a lengthy dashboard camera video on Tuesday, which is the extended version of a previously released video that shows an officer firing at Scott and Scott falling to the ground.

Portions of both police videos were released days after the fatal shooting, after Scott’s family demanded they be made available to the public

The graphic 90-second clip below was cut from the full bodycam video posted to the police department’s website.

In a separate video, which Scott’s family released before the police made any footage public, Scott’s wife films police and pleads with an officer not to shoot her husband. In that footage, an officer is heard repeatedly telling Scott to “drop the gun.”

Scott’s fatal shooting ― the sixth by Charlotte police in the past 12 months ― sparked violent protests in the city, prompting North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) to declare a state of emergency.  

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