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The family of the man who police fatally shot on Tuesday said footage of the shooting did not shed light on the incident.
After viewing two videos of the shooting, Keith Lamont Scott’s family said it was unclear what he was holding in his hands when police shot him, CNN reported.
“It is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands,” said. attorney Justin Bamberg, who is representing the Scott family.
Violence erupted during protests in the city this week following Scott’s fatal shooting on Tuesday.
During demonstrations on Wednesday in response to the shooting, protesters clashed with police and media covering the event.
“This family does not- does not agree with rioting or innocent individuals being injured or killed. But they do support citizens and their right to voice frustration, to voice anger,” Bamberg said.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency late Wednesday and deployed the National Guard to aid in handling the unrest.
The police have said they shot Scott after he ignored officers’ instructions to drop a weapon. Scott’s family and a witness, however, said he was holding a book, not a gun.
At a news conference on Wednesday, Charlotte Police Chief Kerr Putney said a gun had been found at the scene.
Bamberg said the police and the public should reserve judgment until more information about the incident is released.
Charlotte police have declined to publicly release video of the shooting, but allowed Scott’s family to view the footage Thursday. Putney said the video does not show Scott pointing a gun.