Charlotte police shooting: Family will see dashcam video, no plans to release footage to public


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"We'll release it when we believe there's a compelling reason to," Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said Thursday at a news conference.

Authorities are working to honor a request made by the family of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott to see the video.

Officers said Scott was armed and posed a threat, although Putney said video of the encounter failed to definitively show that Scott was pointing a gun at anyone.

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Calls for police to release video of the shooting have ratcheted up amid protests against police violence. North Carolina has a law that takes effect Oct. 1 that requires a judge to approve releasing police video.

Scott was fatally shot Tuesday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Officer Brentley Vinson, who was not in uniform or wearing a body camera. Three other uniformed officers who were on the scene had body cameras on, according to police.

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Both Vinson and Scott are black.

Putney said additional information on the investigation will be released Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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