Family sees deadly shooting video, calls for CMPD to make them public

Published: Sep. 22, 2016 at 8:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2016 at 11:40 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The family of Keith Lamont Scott says they have "more questions than answers" after seeing police video of an officer-involved shooting that took his life earlier this week. But they are calling on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to release the videos publicly.

According to the family's attorneys, Keith Lamont Scott's wife and other members of her family viewed two videos captured by police dashboard and body cameras Thursday afternoon.

"When told by police to exit his vehicle, Mr. Scott did so in a very calm, non-aggressive manner," the statement from the family read. "While police did give him several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time."

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

Family representative Justin Bamberg said Scott's wife witnessed the shooting. His death sparked protesting across the city, erupting into violence.

Scott's family, who was expected to speak at the press conference, was grieving and did not talk. The family saw the videos a short time later.

An attorney later told the media that they saw "versions from different angles."

"We believe the time will come where everyone will be able to see what actually happened," he said. "We ask that you all give this family time to mourn."

"This family does not, does not agree with rioting or innocent individuals being injured or killed,"Bamberg said. The family wants answers, "the family deserves answers."

Bamberg described Scott as a disabled man who has been married for 20 years and has seven children.

"It was incredibly difficult for members of the Scott family to view these videos, but as a matter of the greater good and transparency, the Scott family asks that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department publicly immediately release both of the videos they watched today," the family statement read. "We will continue our own investigation into Mr. Scott's death.  For those who wish to protest, we urge you to do so peacefully.  "

Several stories have emerged on whether Scott had a gun at the time. Some say he was holding a book. "My understanding is that he did not own a gun, he did not habitually carry a gun," Bamberg said.

Police said they did recover a gun.

"I can tell you a weapon was seized - a handgun," Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in Wednesday's press conference. "I can also tell you we did not find a book that has been made referenced to."

Bamberg said he has heard several witness accounts, including that a gun was placed at the scene.

The family statement says it is "impossible" to tell if he is holding anything in the videos.

"When he was shot and killed, Mr. Scott's hands were by his side and he was slowly walking backwards," the family said.


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