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NAACP speaks on Scott shooting, demands release of police tapes


The NAACP held a press conference amid unrest following the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. 

The association started speaking shortly around 1:12 p.m. at the Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church, located in the 700 block of W. Sugar Creek Road. 

"There are rumors that need to be dealt with, there are facts that you need to know," Rev. Dr. William J. Barber, II, president of the NAACP, said Thursday. 

Just before 4 p.m. on Tuesday a Charlotte police officer shot and killed Scott, Barber said - that has not been disputed.

NAACP members said they do not want a curfew, because they are citizens. 

The reverend said there are multiple possibilities on what actually happened. "We don't know what is true at this point," the reverend said, giving a list of possible circumstances. This is why, Barber said, we are demanding the videos be released. 

"There is unrest in Charlotte and in America because of what do know." 

"It is not about black people hating police," Barber said, pointing out that a diverse group of people were among the protesters. 

The association says they want to protests to continue, and to remain peaceful. All members appeared to feel strongly about the city of Charlotte. 

Reverend Tanner said, "this is a city that made me a minister." Tanner said Charlotte was where she married her spouse and had her children. "Now, this is a city that tear gassed me." 

NAACP members reiterated their request to have the video released. "These tapes, these tapes," Barber continued. 

The senior pastor for Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church said, "If in fact we don't know everything, how can these things be pronounced, with such sure footedness," the pastor said, regarding the fact that a gun was recovered from the shooting scene. 

"We ask that the city of Charlotte be transparent with any video and any additional information held by the city that can bring light in the tragic death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer yesterday," NAACP said in a release prior to the conference. 

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

Violent protests have broken out in the nights following Scott's death.

"Today, the North Carolina NAACP State Conference stands with those in mourning in the city of Charlotte. We call for the full release of all facts available," NAACP said.  

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The NAACP says they are encouraging peaceful protests. 

"We support those who exercise the right to peacefully protest, and encourage the first amendment right to call for redress of wrongs. We stand against efforts that undermine the legitimate calls for justice with unjust, random or purposeless acts of violence," the organization said in a release.

"The end of tonight is not yet written," a member said at the press conference. "Before it is nightfall, there should be  decision to release those tapes," Barber repeated.

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