Wife of Keith Scott filmed fatal Charlotte police shooting
A cellphone video filmed by the wife of Keith Lamont Scott has been released, capturing the moments that led up to Charlotte police fatally shooting him.
The video, published by the New York Times and released by attorneys for the family, does not capture a view of the actual shooting.
Rakeyia Scott is heard pleading for her husband to get out of his truck as well as pleading for police not to shoot him.
Keith Scott had parked his car in a visitor’s space in their apartment complex, where he was waiting for one of his children to return home on a bus. The police were there to serve a warrant on someone else.
Lawyers for Rakeyia Scott said she had come out of the apartment with a cellphone charger for her husband and noticed that police officers were surrounding the truck.
“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon. Don’t shoot him,” Rakeyia Scott is heard saying.
Police then told Keith Scott “don’t shoot” and to “drop the gun;” however, Rakeyia tells the officers that her husband doesn’t have a gun. She also informs them that he has T.B.I. (Traumatic Brain Injury) and had just taken his medicine.
Moments later, several shots are heard, and Keith Scott is seen on the ground.
“F**k. Did you shoot him?…He better not be f***ing dead. I know that f***ing much,” Rakeyia Scott says.
Attorneys Justin Bamberg and Eduardo Curry said that the video doesn’t prove that the shooting was justified or unjustified but rather offers “another vantage point.” They are also calling on the police department to release its own videos of the shooting, which protesters have been demanding since the Sept. 20 shooting.