All About Shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

Basic facts: On  September 20, police on another assignment say they saw a man exit a vehicle with a gun. After he went back to the car and reemerged, he was repeatedly told to “drop the gun” and when he didn’t, Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by officer Brentley Vinson, both black. Initial reports on broadcast and social media said the victim was disabled, was carrying a book, and was shot by an officer in civilian clothes. Police say no book was found. A gun was recovered at the scene but police have not said definitively that it belonged to Scott.

Protests against police began shortly after the incident and by midnight had turned violent. On Wednesday there were injuries, one of which resulted in a civilian death after one protester shot another. Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency. By Thursday night and Friday protests had once again become peaceful.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney showed police videos to Scott’s family and said they did not definitively show Scott pointing a gun at officers. The officer who fired the fatal shots was in civilian clothes and was not wearing a body-cam. Putney said he would not make the videos public. North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper was among those urging that they be made public. Scott’s widow released a cell phone video in which she can be heard imploring police not to shoot, that he was medicated, and not armed.

Charlotte Observer Friday recap

Timeline of how protests developed the first day or so (Charlotte Observer)

Widow’s video with transcript (NPR)

Why police videos haven’t been released (NY Times):

Widely varying decisions on releasing police videos (WPost)

Use of body cams questioned after Charlotte police killings

SEPTEMBER 26, 2016. BY EMERY P. DALESIO, JONATHAN DREW AND MEG KINNARD Associated Press. The fatal shooting of a black man by a police officer in Charlotte is only the latest shooting to raise questions about how the department uses body cameras. Six people were fatally shot since body cameras were given to all patrol officers about a year ago. But the officers who fired the fatal shots in five of those cases — including Keith Lamont Scott’s — weren’t using the cameras. The weekend release of police footage showing the shooting of Scott did little to ease some residents’ concerns about its handling. More than 100 people jammed City Council chambers Monday night to voice their frustrations, calling for Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Police Chief Kerr Putney to resign. “We have no reason to trust you, and you’re giving us even less,” Khasha Harris said at the forum. “Deep down somewhere, your conscience has to be bothering you.” See full article at

New Information In Charlotte Police Shooting Undercuts Prevailing Narrative

 New information has emerged in the police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott that, if accurate, undercuts the prevailing narrative about the Charlotte man who was shot and killed by police.
Charlotte police officers point their guns at a fallen Keith Scott (not seen) after shooting him four times in Charlotte, North Carolina, in this September 20, 2016 still image from video released by Charlotte police. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department/Handout via Reuters)  

The gun that police say the 43-year-old Scott had on him at the time of last Tuesday’s shooting was reportedly stolen in a residential burglary, news station WBTV reports. As a felon, Scott, who was black, was legally prohibited from owning a firearm, much less a stolen one. Police also said that they observed Scott smoking marijuana in his vehicle and then wielding a gun outside of his apartment complex before he was approached by officers.

Keith Scott looks over to police with hands by his sides just before he was shot four times by Charlotte police in Charlotte, North Carolina, in this September 20, 2016 still image from video released by Charlotte police. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department/Handout via Reuters). Scott was shot by Charlotte police officer Brently Vinson, who is also black, after exiting his vehicle while surrounded by police. Vinson believed that Scott’s actions created an imminent physical threat, police officials have said. (RELATED: Keith Lamont Scott’s Family Releases Video Of His Shooting)

A third piece of evidence undercutting the narrative emerged Monday in the form of a restraining order that Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, filed on Oct. 5, 2015. As the Independent Journal Review notes, the document shows that she told police that her husband owned a 9mm handgun and that he had threatened to kill her. The retraining order, issued by a Gaston County district court judge, granted Rakeyia Scott a temporary restraining order that prohibited her husband from going near her and three of their children. Keith Scott was also ordered to hand over the 9mm he owned illegally.

Before filing the order, Rakeyia Scott said that her husband had kicked her, punched their 8-year-old son and threatened to shoot her. “He said he is a ‘killer’ and we should know that,” a police report reads. She reversed course days later, saying that she did not need a restraining order because Scott was no longer a danger to her and their children. Rakeyia Scott recorded video of her husband being shot. While the video does not show much of the shooting, Scott is heard telling officers that her husband did not have a firearm. She also yelled to police that he suffered from a traumatic brain injury. Scott sustained the injury in a 2015 motorcycle accident.

A pistol that police said was in the possession of Keith Lamont Scott is seen in a picture provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

A pistol that police said was in the possession of Keith Lamont Scott is seen in a picture provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department


Hero Citizens: Man Gives Charlotte Police Hugs Not Hate, Another Intervenes to Assure Peace During Citizen Protest

In the midst of a sometimes violent protest of the police shooting of Kieth Lamont Scott, two different kind of citizen heroes appeared, one a travelling hugger, the other a public defender who intervened to keep the peace. 

Ken Nwadike, an African American man wearing a “Free Hugs” shirt travels to cities during unrest to spread love to police officers under seige while assistant public defender Toussaint Romain took it upon himself to stand between violence prone protesters and officers.


Nwadike tried to explain protesters that violence is not the answer.

Nwadike, who started the Free Hugs Project after the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, told Anderson Cooper on CNN why he went to Charlotte:

“People are hurting, and I understand that. I think it was very tough for them to see a black man hugging police officers, which to me, doesn’t really make sense. I don’t see it as us versus the police. We’re all human beings. I was pointing out to them that those specific officers didn’t do anything to them, and it’s very important for us to spread love towards one another.”

Both officers and protesters alike thanked him for calling for peace.


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