Protesters Call For Resignation Of Charlotte Mayor, Police Chief
Sep 27 2016 by Larry Hoffman
Under pressure, the city released two videos Saturday from the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week.
During the game dozens of protesters continued demonstrations outside the stadium under the watchful eye of a line of police. JaGerran Knight, right, reaches out to hug a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer at Bank of America Stadium, where people were protesting, in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016. While it may seem that there has been an influx of police killings of unarmed black men over the past few years, that's not the case. Now new questions are being raised about whether Scott was holding a gun. But the video also provides "no definitive, visual evidence that he had a gun in his hand", Putney said.
We believe the execution of Keith Scott by CMPD, the lack of transparency on the part of the CMPD in providing explanations for Keith Scott's death, and attempts to intimidate and stifle protests reflect and established pattern of misconduct and cover-up on the part of CMPD.
Before the release of the video, hundreds massed outside at the Charlotte police department building on Saturday afternoon chanting the name "Keith Scott".
Lawyers for a coalition of media groups have written a letter asking for more video footage and other information related to a fatal police shooting.
Protests were peaceful Saturday night as people marched through the streets following the release of police video of Scott's shooting.
Eiselt said Putney is open to keeping the dash cameras. During a Saturday press conference, officials said they recovered a gun and ankle holster bearing Scott's fingerprints. The law bars the public from seeing body camera footage without a court order.
Charlotte's police department released footage of the encounter with Scott this past weekend.
The department said plainclothes officers who saw Scott with a gun and marijuana left the area to put on vests identifying them as police before confronting him.
The latest round of protests have struck a far different tone than those immediately after Scott's death. Officers in riot gear stood by at a distance. One protester was shot Wednesday night and later died; a civilian has been arrested in connection to that shooting.
"In 2015, the Charlotte City Council unanimously passed a civil liberties resolution that included directives for how officers should interact with members of the public, including those with disabilities, and how to de-escalate potentially violent situations".
Bamberg said the family would continue to gather the facts in an attempt to figure out what happened to Scott.
"What we know and what you should know about him is that he was an American citizen who deserved better", he said. "[The release of the video] is simply one step in our quest to find the truth for this family".