A Charlotte, North Carolina news station says it has confirmed what police officials are claiming — there is dash camera video evidence that shows 43-year-old black man, Keith Scott, got out of a car and came at police officers with a gun in his hand on Tuesday afternoon.
A black police officer then shot and killed Scott because the black man ignored requests to put down the weapon. Scott’s family claims he was holding a book, not a gun.
Chief Kerr Putney said, “I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun. I can also tell you, we did not find a book, that has been made reference too,” said Putney. “I can just tell you what I know based on what we’ve gathered through the scientific process of going through the evidence.
Police say they would like to share the dash camera video, but the law won’t allow them to share it because it is part of the investigation. The family will be shown the video later today.
Here is the rap sheet on the Scott:
Scott was convicted in April 2004 of a misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon charge in Mecklenburg County. Other charges stemming from that date were dismissed: felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and misdemeanors assault on a child under 12, assault on a female and communicating threats.
In April 2015 in Gaston County Court, Scott was found guilty of driving while intoxicated.
In 1992, Scott was charged in Charleston County, S.C., with several different crimes on different dates, including carrying a concealed weapon (not a gun), simple assault and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He pleaded guilty to all charges.
Scott also was charged with aggravated assault in 1992 and assault with intent to kill in 1995. Both charges were reduced, but the disposition of the cases is unclear.
According to Bexar County, Texas, records, Scott was sentenced in March 2005 to 15 months in a state jail for evading arrest. In July of that year, records show, he was sentenced to seven years in prison on a conviction of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said Scott completed his sentence and was released from prison in 2011.
While the police do have proof that Scott’s behavior was unlawful, threatening, and justified the police officers to take action, this doesn’t matter to those who are currently tearing apart Charlotte.
Chaos erupted for a second night with riots spreading throughout Charlotte. New reports indicate at least two people were shot during the riots. The shootings did not include police.
The barbaric nature of these unlawful protests can be seen below in the various videos below:
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A man even purposely knocked a CNN reporter to the ground.
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