Charlotte Police have just released body cam footage of the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers were at an apartment complex searching for a suspect who had an outstanding warrant when they encountered Scott. Scott was sitting in his car, and when officers were near, he exited the vehicle with a firearm in his hand. Officers involved saw Scott then get back into his car. That’s when the officers approached Scott.
According to Charlotte Police, Scott got back out of his car again, with the gun in his hand. Officers shouted for him to drop the gun about 10 times. Scott did not comply and it was at that point he was shot.
Members of Scott’s family told media that he did not have a gun, but was holding a book. A cell phone video posted by Scott’s wife of the incident does not show her saying anything about a book, however. She can be heard in the video yelling at her husband “don’t you do it” as police yell loudly for Scott to drop his weapon.
Here is the dash cam video of the moment Scott was shot.
Here is the same video zoomed in during a portion of it. You can see something in Scott’s right hand as he backs up. (Video courtesy of Blue Lives Matter)
Here is the body cam video of the shooting.
And here is the cell phone video that Scott’s wife posted. In the video you can hear the officers yell at Scott to drop his weapon about 10 times.
Charlotte Police also released pictures of the weapon Scott was brandishing.
While the body cam video does not show Scott clearly enough to see the gun in his hand, officers saw the weapon, and believed their lives were in danger. They 100% made the RIGHT decision!
A dash cam video of a 22-year-old deputy in Georgia shows why police have mere seconds to react when confronted with a non-compliant suspect. The deputy gave the suspect (who was white) one too many chances to obey orders. Because he hesitated, he was shot 10 times, screaming in terror as he died. The video caught every horrifying moment, even the deputy’s dying screams. Police academies nationwide use the video to train new recruits why they can’t be too careful. We posted the video here.
When police are confronted with a suspect who does not follow orders, especially an armed one, they have very few options besides shooting them if they want to live. The video of the deputy dying proves that point. The Charlotte officers made the right decision to shoot Keith Lamont Scott. They gave him enough commands to drop his weapon, commands which he did not obey, thus costing him his life.