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CMPD reviewing police video from deadly shooting, says no 'book' found


Police video is being reviewed from Tuesday's officer-involved shooting that left 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott dead, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney was joined by Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Executive Director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Relations Willie Ratchford during a press conference on the shooting. 

The press conference started at 9:30 a.m. at Charlotte's City Hall, located on E. 4th Street.

Putney said the story is different than it's been portrayed through social media. 

"We're still going through all of the footage from both body-worn and dash," Putney said regarding police video.

According to Chief Putney, Officer Brentley Vinson was not wearing a body camera, but other uniformed officers on scene were. Vinson was reportedly wearing plain clothes and a clearly marked CMPD vest.

"I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun," Putney said, "I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made referenced to."

Others have disputed information that Scott had a gun, saying that he was armed with nothing more than a book. 

A woman claiming to be Scott's daughter said her father was unarmed when he was shot. She said Scott was sitting in his vehicle reading a book and waiting for the school bus to drop off his son. 

Putney said officers were attempting to serve a warrant when they saw Scott inside a vehicle at The Village at College Downs apartment complex.

"He entered the vehicle armed with a handgun," Putney said. "The officers gave loud clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They instructed him to drop the weapon." 

Putney says the intense moments unfolded within seconds. 


Protests broke out after the shooting, resulting in the injury of 16 CMPD officers, Putney said. Police vehicles were damaged, rocks were thrown and gas was deployed. 

"When they were unheated, we deployed gas to disperse the crowd," Putney said. The demonstrators continued to push through.

At 1:45 a.m., an additional group of protesters gathered, making their way down Interstate 85 near Harris Boulevard. The interstate was blocked in both directions for hours. Putney says the protesters broke into the back of a tractor-trailer and started setting items on fire. 

One arrest was made overnight and Putney expects more arrests to be made.

Police expect protests to continue Wednesday night.

“My plan is to have my people ready, we are," Putney said. "My plan is to be staffed appropriately, we will be. Hopefully we will have peaceful protests and do things the Charlotte way.”

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts also spoke out at the conference, asking for protests to remain peaceful. 

"We are calling for peace, we are calling for calm, we are calling for dialogue," Roberts said. “Our top priority is for Charlotte to remain a safe community for those that live and visits here.” 

Although Chief Putney was asked about video of the shooting, Putney said neither body camera, nor dash cam video is going to be released until the investigation is over. They said they will also not release pictures of the gun they found.

Officer Brentley Vinson, the officer who fired the shot, has been placed on administrative leave. 


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