The family of Keith Lamont Scott has released the fatal encounter between Charlotte police officers and Keith Scott in what it says is cell phone video, recorded by his wife Rakeyia. It shows the moments leading up to his fatal shooting by police Tuesday.
The family members of Keith Scott have been saying that he was unarmed at the time he was shot, and that he was only reading a book. Officers observed a firearm in Scott’s hand at the time he was shot. The officers disarmed Scott after he was shot and recovered the firearm.
According to Fox News Insider , The video, however, does not show Scott in the moments before a police officer opened fire, so it remains unclear whether had a firearm.
The gunshots can be heard, but Scott and the officers are not visible in the video at that moment.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said in an interview with Megyn Kelly that Scott did have a gun and posed an “imminent threat” to the officers.
Police showed their own videos to the family on Thursday, but have not released them publicly.
Scott’s family has maintained he did not have a weapon.