VIDEO: Charlotte Police Chief Releases Footage of Scott Shooting
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released dash-cam and body camera video showing officers' encounter with Keith Lamont Scott that led to Scott's death, as well as previously unreleased photos and information about what led to the incident.
It's video that Scott's family has been wanting to have released to the public. CMPD Chief Kerr Putney initially said he did not want it to be released to protect the integrity of the investigation.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney held a press conference at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. During the press conference, Putney said the department would be releasing body camera as well as dashcam video of the incident.
"I've decided we're at a stage where we can release this video without negatively impacting investigation," Putney said. "My goal has been throughout entire process is to maintain integrity of case."
Putney said he believes it is in the community's best interest to release the video. He said he is releasing what he sees as "indisputable evidence that the facts we started with are the facts that remain."
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. His death sparked rioting and protests across the city.
Scott's family has said he did not own a gun, but police said they recovered a gun at the scene of the shooting. Friday, a police source confirmed to WBTV that a gun reportedly found near the body of Keith Lamont Scott has Scott's fingerprints, DNA and blood on it. The source also told WBTV the gun was loaded.