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  • Charlotte Police to Release Videos of Shooting of Keith Scott
Published 24 September 2016

There are conflicting reports about whether he was armed.

The Charlotte police chief on Saturday said he would release police body camera and dashboard videos showing the fatal shooting of a Black man that triggered intense and ongoing protests in the city, following demands from protesters and civil rights leaders that the footage be made public.

The shooting on Tuesday of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven, was the latest in a series of deadly police encounters across the country in recent years that has raised questions about the use of force by U.S. law enforcement against African-Americans and other minorities.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told a news conference that after speaking with state investigators looking into the shooting he concluded that police could now release the tapes without "adversely impacting" the investigation.

"What we are releasing are the objective facts," Putney said, calling the shooting "a complex case."

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