As protests continued Wednesday night, Charlotte residents are demanding full transparency from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department following the police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. On Wednesday, residents protested in Uptown Charlotte, the peaceful protest turned violent when a protestor was shot. Initial reports stated that he died, but then it was reported that he was in critical condition.
During a press conference on Thursday morning, CMPD police chief Kerr Putney revealed that they will not release the video of the shooting for the public. He stated that it will be shown to the family, but “transparency is in the eye of the beholder.” Putney also stated that the video does not definitively show Scott pointing a gun toward officers.
Protestors were gassed during Wednesday night’s protest, after the shooting, looting began causing damage in the Charlotte Bobcats team store, which is attached to the arena uptown. As a result, North Carolina’s governor, Pat McCrory, declared a State of Emergency for the city and National Guard troops are set to be deployed.
On Wednesday afternoon another witness came forward to tell her accounts of what she saw that night. The woman claims that Scott did not have a gun and that the officer who shot Scott was white, not black and she believes that CMPD is covering up the truth.
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