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Man Whose Death Sparked Charlotte Protests Had ‘Stolen’ Gun


'We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this'

Brentley Vinson, the African-American police officer who police say fired four shots at Scott, was not wearing a body cam, so his visual perspective was not part of the footage.

Police say the assault happened at around 10 p.m. Wednesday night when protests in uptown erupted in violent riots. More than a dozen police officers were injured.

“All of these videos deserve to be shown in context and that’s merely what we’re trying to do”, said WBTV Security Analyst Karl de la Guerra.

Charlotte officials had warned earlier Monday that marching or demonstrating in the streets without a permit is illegal. When the sound is turned on, the officers are heard yelling “handcuffs, handcuffs” and asking each other whether they are okay, while Scott is moaning and lying on the ground dying.

“Our city must be more open, honest, and transparent in investigating police shootings if we are to restore trust”, she wrote.

The footage includes body camera video from one officer, but not the black officer who fatally wounded Mr Scott.

Officers insist he had a gun, and later, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters he was in possession of marijuana. It’s not apparent in the video if he’s holding anything shortly before he was shot. A Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman said Scott completed his sentence and was released from prison in 2011.

“Even if they thought he was smoking weed, why in the world would that warrant him being gunned down?” said local food truck operator Greg Farmer, 25, who has been among the demonstrators. Video of Scott being shot by officers was released on Saturday. Video footage released by both Scott’s wife and the police is jarring and disturbing but gives no conclusive evidence about the gun. Police have said he was armed, but witnesses say he held only a book.

Officers moved back into the building after a robot removed the package for “evaluation” and to be “rendered safe” at a remote location, police said. “So no, I don’t see a reason to kill him”.

According to the Post, the type of body cameras used by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers have a “buffer” function, which saves only 30 seconds of video (without audio) before the camera is activated.

Under the new law, police videos like the ones in Scott’s case would no longer be considered public record.

“If you’re backing up, that’s saying you don’t want a fight”.

“He said he is a “killer” and we should know that”, she said in court documents. The department has said officers perceived Scott’s movements as posing an imminent threat.

Charlotte has been on edge since Scott’s death.

In the restraining order last fall, Rakeyia Scott sought to keep her husband away because “he hit my 8 year old in the head a total of three times with his fist”, she said in the restraining order document.

The ongoing protests in Charlotte over the killing come as Black Lives Matter actions also rock Oklahoma in the wake of the police killing of Terence Crutcher, another of the latest victims of the crisis of discriminatory policing and excessive use of force against people of color across the country.