The Charlotte Police Department, in conjunction with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, decided Saturday evening to release officer captured footage in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott last Tuesday.
Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a press conference Saturday that he came to the decision to release the footage after meeting with state investigators, according to the New York Daily News.
"Now that it won't impact the investigation, we're going to do just that," Putney said, adding that the SBI, who is now leading the investigation, doesn't believe the release will have any impact on their investigation.
He also told the media that the videos don't show definitive proof that Scott was in possession of a firearm, but said that other evidence at the scene proves that he was, including this photo, released by the CMPD, which they say is the the gun that Scott possessed.
In addition, Putney told the media that officers only approached Scott after they noticed he was in possession of marijuana and a firearm. Part of Saturday's video and photo release included the holster that police say Scott used and the marijuana blunt they say he had.
The footage was made public after four straight nights of protests in the city of Charlotte, most of which have been peaceful. The second night, however, of protests became rather violent and saw one person murdered and many businesses looted.
A 21-year-old male was arrested Friday in connection to that murder.
View the released body camera and dash cam footage below. (Content Warning: Some views may find the footage disturbing):
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