City Attorney: Police not trying to arrest Keith Scott at time of shooting

City Attorney: Police not trying to arrest Keith Scott at time of shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The Charlotte City Attorney's office says police officers were not attempting to arrest Keith Scott when they approached his car.

A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officer ultimately shot and killed Scott. They say he exited his vehicle with a gun in his hands and ignored repeated commands to d rop his weapon.

WBTV has made a formal request for police video captured with dash cameras and body-worn cameras. The North Carolina Public Records Act makes such video public in a provision of the law, N.C.G.S. 132-1.4(c)(3), that requires police to release records showing the circumstances surrounding an arrest.

Attorneys for WBTV contacted the City Attorney's Office on Wednesday after a CMPD spokesman denied our initial request, saying the video was an investigation record.

On Thursday, an attorney in the City Attorney's Office responded to lawyers for WBTV saying the video did not qualify as a public record because officers were not attempting at arrest Scott at the time he was approached by officers and, ultimately, shot.

The letter from the City Attorney's Office did not offer an alternative explanation for why officers had approached Scott's car.

At a press conference Thursday morning, CMPD Chief Kerr Putney told reporters video of the incident will never be made public. A day earlier, Putney said the video was not a public record and cited a recently-passed law that is not yet in effect.

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