A woman who claimed to be the daughter of Keith Lamont Scott—the African-American man who was shot Tuesday by a black officer in Charlotte—said in an instantly viral Facebook Live video that her father was holding a book, not a gun. Police, however, say otherwise. Not only was Scott holding a gun, he refused to put it down at their clear orders, and moved toward the officers. Now an image of what sources have confirmed to be the gun Scott was wielding has surfaced, while a local news channel says they can now confirm that dash camera footage shows Scott holding a weapon and coming at officers before being shot.
Here is the image of what is reported to be the gun Scott was holding at the scene of the crime:
Charlotte news station WSCO reported Wednesday that they have confirmed with sources that police dash camera footage corroborates the Charlotte PD’s description of the fatal encounter with Scott.
“A Charlotte, North Carolina news station says it has confirmed with sources that there is dash camera video that shows Keith Scott getting out of a car and coming at police officers with a gun in his hand,” reports Charlotte’s KWCH12.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters that Scott was only shot after he exited the vehicle holding a gun, refused to drop that gun after police ordered him to do so—a fact Charlotte PD says the testimony of multiple witnesses has confirmed—and was thus justifiably shot as police deemed him to be a threat.
“I can tell you a weapon was seized, a handgun. I can also tell you, we did not find a book, that has been made reference too,” said Putney. “I can just tell you what I know based on what we’ve gathered through the scientific process of going through the evidence.”
According to WSOC, Charlotte police want to make the dash camera footage available but are restricted by law due to the ongoing investigation.
While the evidence mounts in support of Charlotte PD’s description of the shooting as justified, rioters continue to destroy private property, terrorize and injure citizens, and attack cops. Police say that one protester was shot by another citizen on Wednesday and is now in critical condition on life support (warning: graphic):
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