CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Several videos recorded during a fatal encounter between police and Keith Scott were released Saturday evening, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief told reporters.
Videos released Saturday do not show Keith Lamont Scott raising a weapon toward officers nor a gun in his hand.
But the footage, from a police dashboard camera and one body camera, captures the confrontation Tuesday in which an officer repeatedly orders Scott to drop his gun.
Scott drew the attention of officers who were trying to serve an arrest warrant on an unrelated suspect at the Village at College Downs apartment complex in University City because he had marijuana in his vehicle, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Saturday.
Officers were going to continue on their original mission until an officer spotted a weapon in the vehicle, Putney said.
“It was not lawful for him to possess a firearm,” Putney said. “There was a crime he committed and the gun exacerbated the situation.”
Officer Brentley Vinson, who fired four shots at Scott, was not wearing a body cam so his visual perspective was not part of the footage. Putney said that body cameras are being rolled out across the department and not all tactical officers have them yet.
Putney said the videos support the larger fabric of evidence in the case that includes accounts from officers at the scene, forensics and interviews with witnesses.
He said he has found nothing to indicate that Vinson acted inappropriately given the totality of the circumstances, and he does not think his officers broke the law that day.
They were, he said, reacting to what appeared to be an immenient theat.
“At every encounter, people can make a decision to follow loud, clear verbal commands,” he said.