(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Thursday said it plans to show video of Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott to the man’s family. But Police Chief Kerr Putney said the footage he has reviewed does not provide “definitive, visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun.”
“I did not see that in the videos that I reviewed,” Putney said at a news conference Thursday. “So what I can tell you, though, is when taken in the totality of all the other evidence, it supports what we’ve heard and the version of the truth that we gave about the circumstances that happened that led to the death of Mr. Scott.”
While the police department is working to accommodate the Scott family’s request to see the body-cam footage, Putney reiterated that he has no plans to publicly release the videos, arguing that it would jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.
“We release it when we believe it is a compelling reason, but I’m not going to jeopardize the investigation,” the police chief told reporters.
Police say Scott, 43, was holding a handgun, which investigators recovered from the scene, and posed a threat because he was not obeying police orders to not exit his vehicle and drop the weapon. Scott’s family, however, has said he was not armed and was holding a book while waiting for his son to be dropped off from school.
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