Charlotte police release Keith Scott video: Shot dead as he walked backwards with hands at side

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BY Kalhan Rosenblatt and Liam Quinn and Daniel Bates In Charlotte, North Carolina

Police have finally released the unedited dashcam and bodycam videos of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting, which show him slowly walking backward out of his car before being shot by police.

Neither videos show Scott pointing a gun at police or raising a weapon. It also shows Scott making no sudden movements.

The dashcam video shows Scott exiting his car after about 50 seconds of filming. He slowly takes four steps backwards with his hands at his side.

Police have finally released the dash-cam video and body-cam video of the Keith Lamont Scott (far, left) shooting

Officers are clearly heard in a previous video posted by Scott's wife shouting 'Drop the gun', but it unclear from the released video if a gun is in Scott's hand

Four shots ring out and he collapses to the ground.

Police also released information and pictures of what appears to be a Colt Mustang 380 handgun, which officers said Scott kept in an ankle holster.

The Charlotte police department claimed that Mr Scott was ‘an imminent physical threat’ because he was refusing to obey commands to put his gun down.

The bodycam video, which is not on officer Brentley Vinson who fired the four fatal shots, shows an unidentified officer approaching the back of Scott’s white vehicle.

Another officer is visible holding a gun and the officer wearing the camera begins banging on the passenger-side window of Scott’s vehicle with a baton.

After being shot, Scott falls out of frame and officers can be seen approaching him and standing around

The body-cam video, which is not on officer Brentley Vinson who fired the fatal shots, shows an unidentified officer approaching the back of Scott's white vehicle

Scott is visible for a brief second by his car door after exiting his vehicle   Then the four shots ring out

The blue pants Scott was wearing are visible as the officer runs out from behind the truck 

Officers are clearly heard in a previous video posted by Scott’s wife shouting ‘Drop the gun’, but it unclear from the released video if a gun is in Scott’s hand.

Scott is visible for a brief second by his car door after exiting his vehicle.

No audio is heard until 23 seconds into the clip when the officer wearing the body-cam approaches Scott, who has already been shot and is lying face-down on the ground.

Groans from Scott are clearly audible. He is then handcuffed while still motionless on the ground.

Blood can be seen running over his knuckles as officers swarm around him.

Scott lies on the ground after being shot by Officer Brentley Vinson and cops swarm his body once he's down

After being shot four times by officer Vinson, Scott can be heard groaning on the ground while being handcuffed

An officer can be heard saying: ‘I’m going to get my bag and start getting some (medical) equipment’

An officer can be heard saying: ‘I’m going to get my bag and start getting some (medical) equipment.’

Another officer says: ‘We need to hold the wound.’

The two videos last a total of three and a half minutes.

It is unclear how the officers knew Scott had a gun while he was sitting in his vehicle with his windows up.

It is also unclear how officers knew Scott was smoking marijuana if his windows were rolled up while he was inside his vehicle.

Police also released information and pictures of what appears to be a Colt Mustang 380 (pictured) handgun, which officers said Scott kept in an ankle holster

Police also released information and pictures of what appears to be a Colt Mustang 380 (pictured) handgun, which officers said Scott kept in an ankle holster

Police released this image of an ankle holster they said was used to hold Scott's gun

They also released this image of a joint that contained marijuana, which they said he was smoking when they approached him 

During a family press conference held after the release of the video, the Scott family said none of the videos prove Keith Scott was holding a gun.

His brother-in-law Ray Dotch said after seeing the police footage ‘unfortunately we are left with far more questions than we have answers’.

‘We shouldn’t have to humanize him for him to be treated fairly. He’s an American citizen who deserved better.

‘It does not make sense to us how this incident resulted in the loss of life,’ Dotch said.

Justin Bamberg, the family’s lawyer, also said: ‘The dash cam or the body cam, you can’t clearly identify what, if anything, is in his hand, and that has not changed.’

The family also said they believe the Charlotte police might need better training policies and education on how to deescalate situations like the one involving Scott.

Dotch asked why the police didn’t listen to Scott’s wife when she said he had a traumatic brain injury and allow her to help deescalate the situation.

Police chief Kerr Putney said earlier in a press conference the footage released explains ‘the absolute facts’ of the shooting, and that Scott had both marijuana and a weapon on him.

‘These are the specific footage that gives you some visual of what has transpired,’ Chief Putney told reporters.

‘There was a compelling reason for them to make this encounter, it was beyond having a gun… he absolutely was in possession of a gun.

‘There was a crime that he committed that caused the encounter, and the gun exasperated that.’

He added that: ’When you’re in possession of marijuana and you have a gun that’s a public safety issue.

Justin Bamberg, the family's lawyer, also said: 'There is nothing in any video of the Scotts, the dash-cam, the body-cam video where you can clearly identify if anything's in his hand and that has not changed'

‘That was not the priority, they (the cops) were still focused on apprehending the suspect.

‘When they see the weapon and they see the marijuana they say uh oh, this is a safety issue for us and the public.

‘We need to address this before we serve the warrant.’

Putney added Scott was in possession of marijuana, and police saw that first and then saw a weapon in his car.

‘In this particular case, they see someone who has marijuana… then they see the handgun and they focus their attention on that,’ he said.

The family also said they believe the Charlotte police might need better training policies and education on how to deescalate situations like the one involving Scott

Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney said in a press conference Keith Scott had marijuana and a gun on him when he was shot dead by an officer on Tuesday

‘Officers were reacting to what they saw, and they have a duty to do so. They perceived an imminent lethal threat.

‘In every encounter, people can make a decision to follow lawful, loud verbal commands and prevent some things like that.’

The police chief also said he ‘absolutely would not’ be charging officers involved in the shooting death, but added police were doing surveillance in the area for another suspect they were going to serve a warrant on when they saw Scott smoking.

A second video has emerged showing the moments after Keith Lamont Scott was shot dead by police officers in Charlotte   The cell phone footage, appears to have been taken by someone on a balcony in The Village at College Downs apartment complex

Police can be heard asking each other, 'you good, everybody good?' as they stand near Scott's body, before the woman filming the video says, 'did they just shoot him?' 

Putney also said the footage had not been released until Saturday because he wanted to make sure it was ‘done right’.

‘My priority throughout the process has been to maintain the integrity of the investigation because that’s essentially in a fact finding process that leads you to the truth,’ he said.

‘Today… I have decided we are at a stage where I can release additional information without adversely impacting the investigation.

‘Doing so prior to this point would have had a negative impact on the investigation.

‘It is also my understanding that the release at this point is appropriate not to taint the fact finding mission the FBI has been conducting.’

However, by 6pm on Saturday – an hour and a half after the footage was due to be released – nothing had been posted by the CMPD and several tweets discussing the release of the footage had been deleted.

Eight tweets were removed, all of which discussed the decision to release the bodycam footage and what the footage showed.

‘CMPD releasing body worn camera and dash-cam footage,’ one deleted tweet said.

Another deleted tweet said: ‘CMPD will also release information about other evidence found at scene.’

Several tweets discussing the release of the footage of Scott's shoting were deleted by CMPD's Twitter

Two videos emerged on Friday and Saturday showing the shooting and its aftermath.

New footage found on Saturday showed the moments after Scott was shot dead.

The video appears to have been shot from a balcony of a nearby apartment, and starts by showing officers stood around Scott’s body in the street.

The clip continued to show the officers put handcuffs on Scott, despite the fact they had already shot him.

'I know he better live': The extraordinary video was filmed by Rakeyia Scott (pictured left), the wife of Keith, and she amazingly has the composure to keep filming after he was shot   Rakeyia Scott pictured with Keith Scott

Family members of Keith Scott assemble near a press conference Thursday, held after protests against the police shooting of Scott

Officers were also heard shouting at Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, telling her to ‘back off’.

At one point in the video, about halfway through it, one officer appears to pick an unidentified object up off the ground.

The first video, which was obtained by NBC News on Friday, was filmed by Scott’s wife. It showed the moments before the shooting and her horrified reaction afterwards.

In the footage, Scott doesn’t appear to have a firearm near his person, which contradicts police claims.

A police source told WBTV that a gun reportedly found near Scott had his fingerprints, DNA and blood on it. It was also loaded.

The shooting sparked protests, which went on for the fourth night in a row on Friday and into Saturday.

The protests entered its fifth night and people were allowed to break curfew as long as they remained peaceful 

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