(Editor’s note: The video contains graphic images and explicit language.)
NBC News obtained exclusive footage showing the moments leading up to Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting and the tumultuous aftermath. Scott’s wife, Rakeyia, captured the footage, the outlet reports.
What the video does not show is the exact moment Scott is shot on Tuesday by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers, but you can hear four shots fired in the background. The video is 2:12 minutes long and shot from a distance.
“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon!” Rakeyia yells towards officers as they surround her husband’s vehicle. An officer then yells, “Drop the gun!”
“He doesn’t have a gun, he has a TBI (traumatic brain injury). He’s not going to do anything,” Rakeyia says. She moves closer to the scene, but stays on the grass behind the tense confrontation.
“Keith don’t let them break the windows. Come on out the car!” she pleads with her husband.
“Drop the gun!” the officer yells again.
“Keith! Don’t do it,” Rakeyia yells. A loud pop goes off in the distance.
“Keith! Keith! Don’t you do it! Don’t you do it!”
Four gunshots are fired. Scott rushes closer screaming, “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be f——- dead! He better not be f—— dead!”
Officers yell for Scott’s wife to back up while she quickly makes a call to 911 to report the shooting. “He better live, because he didn’t do nothing to them,” she says over the phone.
Scott lies face down on the pavement, not moving as his wife makes the call.
“Did y’all call the ambulance?” she asks the cops as the video ends.
NBC obtained the video amid divergent accounts from law enforcement and Scott’s family. The CMPD maintains Scott was armed and refused to comply with police, while Scott’s family says he was holding a book at the time of the shooting.
Officer Brentley Vinson, who fired the fatal shot, was in plainclothes and did not record the encounter on a body camera. Three other officers captured the incident on body cameras and there is dash cam footage, according to Police Chief Kerr Putney. Scott’s family viewed separate police dash cam footage on Thursday and afterwards called for officials to publicly release the video.
Putney said he would not release the dash cam video because he believes the footage would damage the investigation. At a Friday morning presser, he said the case was turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation, which would make the final call on whether the video will made public.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts said she wants to be transparent to reporters on Friday. “I do believe the video should be released,” Roberts said. “The question is on the timing.”
Protesters have continued to rally in the streets of downtown Charlotte, calling for justice in Scott’s death. Thursday evening protests were largely peaceful after two days of unrest as demonstrations turned violent. Police at several points deployed tear gas and fired rubber bullets at protesters.
SOURCE: NBC News, YouTube | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty