Police bodycam and dashcam footage from the shooting of African American Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte on Tuesday will be released to the public, the North Carolina police chief said.
The chief of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Kerr Putney, green-lighted the release as it will not hamper the ongoing investigation into the incident, he said.
The video footage will be released within half an hour, Putney said.
“These are tough times for our city and we’re going to get through it,” the police chief said, adding that physical evidence would be released.
“What we are releasing are the objective facts,” he said, calling the shooting “a complex case.”
According to Putney, a “crime was committed” by Scott and that eventually led to him being fired at by police officers.
The fatal shooting of the 43-year-old father of seven, Keith Lamont Scott, led to riots in Charlotte, which largely demanded the release of police footage.
Tuesday’s shooting became the latest in a series of deadly incidents involving police and African Americans in the US in recent years.
Putney said that the suspect “absolutely” had a gun in his hands, which triggered the police response.
“Yes, based on the totality of what we see, he absolutely was in possession of a handgun,” the police chief told journalists.
Source: Word News