The family of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man who was shot dead by a black policeman in Charlotte, North Carolina, have released a video of the last moments of his life. In it, his wife can be heard urging officers not to open fire.
No gun can be seen, but police can be heard telling Scott to drop his weapon and his wife calls on him to cooperate with the officers. However, she insists he was not armed.
(Warning: video contains strong language.)
Charlotte police have yet to release dashboard and body cam videos of the incident. Local Mayor Jennifer Roberts says this is partly to allow time for witness accounts to be recorded without fear of them being altered by the footage.
In the nights following Tuesday’s shooting (September 20), anger has flowed out onto the streets of Charlotte, resulting in an overnight curfew being imposed and hundreds of National Guard troops being deployed.