- NBC News
New video footage showing the moments before and after the fatal police shooting of Keith Scott was released by the Scott family to media on Friday.
The video, taken by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, and published by NBC News and The New York Times, does not display the shooting itself. But she can be heard pleading with officers not to shoot her husband and repeatedly saying, “He has no weapon.”
Officers can also be heard repeatedly saying, “Drop the gun.”
Rakeyia also shouts to officers that he has a “TBI” – an abbreviation for traumatic brain injury – and “just took his medicine.”
Shots can be heard on the video, after which Rakeyia is heard asking: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be f—ing dead.”
Justin Bamberg, one of the family’s attorneys, told The Times that the video offered “another vantage point” of the incident but didn’t prove whether it was justified.
On Friday, Charlotte officials announced that North Carolina’s State Bureau of Investigation would take over the investigation into Scott’s death, leaving it unlikely that video footage taken from a police body camera and dashboard camera would be released anytime soon.
Kerr Putney, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief, has said that video doesn’t definitively show Scott pointing a gun. The police have said they recovered a gun at the scene.
“I know the expectation is that video footage can be the panacea and I can tell you that is not the case,” he told the news media.
Scott’s family has seen the police video and said in a statement it was “impossible to discern” what Scott was holding in his hands.
“There’s nothing in that video that shows him acting aggressively, threatening, or maybe dangerous,” Bamberg told Reuters on Friday.