Family of Keith Scott Releases Video of Charlotte Shooting

The video was taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2016 3:04 PM CDT
Family of Keith Scott Releases Video of Charlotte Shooting
In this image taken from video recorded by Keith Lamont Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott, on Tuesday, Charlotte police squat next to Keith Lamont Scott as he lies face-down on the ground after being shot.   (Rakeyia Scott/Curry Law Firm via AP)

The public received its first look at footage of the shooting death of Keith Scott at the hands of Charlotte police when lawyers for his family released cellphone video Friday showing the moments before and after he was killed, NBC News reports. The video was taken by Rakeyia Scott and features her pleading with police not to shoot her husband while telling him to listen to officers. "He has no weapon—don't shoot him," Rakeyia Scott says in the video. And to her husband: "Don't you do it...Come on out of the car." According to the New York Times, Rakeyia Scott told police her husband has a traumatic brain injury but: "He's not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine."

Four shots are heard in the video, and Rakeyia Scott screams. She tells officers, "He better not be f---ing dead" and, "He better live." Rakeyia Scott's video doesn't show a gun. Police have claimed Keith Scott had a gun and was an "imminent, deadly threat." Family says he was unarmed. The family's attorney says they hope releasing the video will convince police to release theirs, CNN reports. "We want the public to take a look at this tape and see what was in the video before he was shot, and what was there afterward, and ask how it got there," Eduardo Curry says. Scott was waiting for his child to get home from school when officers arrived at his apartment complex to serve a search warrant on another man. (More Keith Scott stories.)

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