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Keith Scott shooting video will not be released yet, but family will see it, police say

(Mark Davenport | WBTV) (Mark Davenport | WBTV)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

The family of Keith Lamont Scott will watch the police shooting video Thursday, but Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he will still not release the video.

Scott, 43, was killed Tuesday while police were serving a warrant at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on Old Concord Road. 

Putney fought against tough questioning from the media, who peppered him with questions on why he wouldn't release the video. Putney said despite his call for transparency in the investigation, he did not want to show the video of the "worst day" of someone's life to the masses.

"My priority is the victim's family," Putney said. 

Putney did not fully describe what he saw in the video, but said the video, along with evidence gathered at the scene, supports what they've said since the beginning of the investigation.

Brentley Vinson, the officer who opened fire, was not wearing a body camera, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney. Putney says other uniformed officers on scene were wearing cameras. Vinson was reportedly wearing plain clothes and a clearly marked CMPD vest.

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

Others, such as Scott's family, have disputed information that he had a gun, saying that he was armed with nothing more than a book. However, a photo released by a source close to the investigation appeared to show a gun next to Scott's body.

Scott's wife, Rakeiya Scott, released a statement Wednesday night questioned statements put forward by law enforcement officials.

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"After listening to remarks made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney today, we have more questions than answers about Keith's death. Rest assured, we will work diligently to get answers to our questions as quickly as possible."

Rakeiya also asked for peace.

"As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully. Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting," the statement read.

Demonstrators held a vigil for Scott on Wednesday night in uptown, but hundreds more joined the protests and marched through the streets of Charlotte. As dusk turned to night, the protests erupted into violence as the protesters engaged in skirmishes with CMPD officers in riot gear. 

Many protesters smashed windows of uptown businesses and caused thousands of dollars in property damage.

Law enforcement officials attempted to disperse the crowd, but many of them splintered off and attempted to block roadways.

There is no word on how many were arrested as a result of the protests.

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