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Charlotte police insist that Keith Lamont Scott was armed at the time of the fatal shooting, but video footage released so far does little to support their claims.
The Charlotte Police Department has released additional video footage of the officer-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, but it still fails to show him in possession of a firearm, as initially claimed by police.
The latest clip, captured on the body cam worn by one of the officers involved, shows the moments before and after police opened fired on Scott. Although it includes previously unseen footage, the new clip still doesn’t show the 43-year-old father of seven with a gun in his hands, which police continue to claim was the reason they shot him.
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In the new footage, which was released by the Charlotte PD on Tuesday, officers are seen and heard tending to Scott immediately after shooting him as he lay dying on the ground in handcuffs. The video also appears to show the final moments of Scott’s life, as he fails to respond to the officers trying to talk to him as they await the arrival of paramedics.
The full video, in which officers can be heard making reference to a gun in connection Scott that’s never seen in his vicinity in the footage, can be downloaded here.
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