Police Show Police Cam Video To Keith Scott’s Family

The family of Keith Lamont Scott had no comment after being shown a police video of Scott’s shooting, having insisted for days that Scott only had book with him when he was shot.


 
Throughout Tuesday and Wednesday, various family members of Scott claimed the video would prove their claim that Scott was never a threat to police and was shot without cause.

However, they had nothing to say to the media on Thursday evening after viewing the video. It was not until several hours later that a statement on the video was issued by the family’s attorney.

Attorney Justin Bamberg said Scott exited the car “in a very calm, non-aggressive manner” when police ordered him to do so on Tuesday.

When he was shot, “Mr. Scott’s hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards,” the statement said.

“After watching the videos, the family again has more questions than answers,” Bamberg said.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has said that the video supports the statements of the officers that Scott was aggressive towards the police and posed a threat.

“If there’s an encounter (and) you go down and the weapon is right there, it’s kind of obvious a weapon was involved, even though I didn’t visually see it from my angle,” Putney has said.
The only area of agreement is that the videos are not definitive proof.

Putney said the video didn’t show “absolute definitive, visual evidence” that Scott had a gun. Bamberg said “it is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands.”

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts called the video “ambiguous.”

“There is not a clear picture,” she said. “The body camera is moving, and the view is obscured at a few points.”

Although the video evidence is not conclusive for either side, John S. Roberts, writing on Young Conservatives, noted that it seems likely that if the family was proven right, they would have been more outspoken.

“Clearly, the video must’ve shown that Scott was not obeying police officers (which we already know to be the case),” he wrote.

“Had the family’s lawyers even for a second thought the cops were out of line, they would’ve instructed the family to scream bloody murder,” he concluded.

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