N.C. - Police in Charlotte say they will release all
of the dashcam and body camera video from the fatal
shooting of a black man that sparked in riots in the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department issued a
news release Friday evening saying the department
has made arrangements with the family of Keith
Lamont Scott to review all the video.
said the family requested that the video be released
earlier Friday and the department will do so once
family members view it next week.
have been demanding that Charlotte Mayor Jennifer
Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney release all the
video of the Sept. 21 shooting.
announcement came after an attorney for a coalition
of 10 media organizations organized by The Charlotte
Observer and including The Associated Press, sent a
letter to city officials on Friday requesting again
that the video be released.
lawyer Jonathan Buchan had said earlier that he had
discussed the contents of the police videos with
Judy Emken, a police department attorney. Buchan
quoted Emken as saying that the only police body
camera video of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont
Scott lasts about 16 minutes.
two minutes of the video has been released,
including the shooting itself. According to Buchan,
Emken said the remaining 14 minutes is very bloody
and includes the sounds of Scott groaning as he
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has made
arrangements for members of Mr. Scott's family to
review the remaining body-worn camera and dash cam
video of events following the shooting in its
entirety," the statement released by the
department said. "Mr. Scott's family has since
requested in writing at 4:49 p.m. today that the
video footage be released publicly."
Wednesday Charlotte and Mecklenburg County
terminated the state of emergency placed into effect
after protests over the shooting death.
shooting led to two nights of violent protests,
including unrest hours after the shooting Sept. 20
and more violence in downtown Charlotte the next
night. The city lifted a curfew that went into
effect after the shooting last Monday.