Charlotte chief: Video does not show man pointing gun

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney said that a video of Tuesday’s fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott doesn’t definitively show the victim pointing a gun.

“The video does not give me absolute, definitive visual evidence that could confirm that a person is pointing a gun,” Putney said in a morning news conference as quoted by the Charlotte Observer. “I didn’t see that in the videos I saw.”

City and state officials, backed by the National Guard, sought to restore calm after a second night of angry protests, Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she hoped to see video Thursday that could help determine what took place during the police-involved fatal shooting of a black man.

She said the video will be shown to the man's family, but will not be released to the public.

One person was shot and four officers were injured in the latest round of violence Wednesday night that followed a peaceful protest.

With police in riot gear patrolling downtown streets, protesters shouted "hands up, don't shoot," banged against a police van and broke a window of the City Smoke barbecue restaurant and bar. Police set off smoke bombs, which are sometimes used to disperse crowds.

Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency to deploy the National Guard and the state Highway Patrol to assist local police.

Roberts told ABC News' Good Morning America that city officials were considering imposing a curfew for Thursday night.

The non-fatal shooting was "civilian on civilian" and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not fire the shot, the City of Charlotte said via Twitter.

 

 

Four officers suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday night, police said on Twitter. Sixteen officers were injured during the first night of unrest, when shops were also looted, windows shattered and fires set following a peaceful protest.

The Bank of America, headquartered in Charlotte, urged employees to stay home Thursday due to the ongoing unrest, WBTV reported.

Public anger erupted Tuesday evening after a black police officer shot and killed Kevin Lamont Scott, who was waiting in his car for his son's school bus in the afternoon.

Several local residents said the 43-year-old father of seven regularly waited in his car and read until his son arrived. They claimed he was carrying a book, not a gun, when he stepped from the car after police approached.

Putney has rejected those claims and said the gun had been recovered by detectives. No book was found, Putney said.

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