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On Saturday, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department released dash and body cam footage of an officer killing a black man on Tuesday.

The release of the footage by Chief Kerr Putney comes amid widespread calls for the footage to become public.

The footage also arrives two days after Chief Putney said he would not divulge it because he never said the investigation of Keith Lamont Scott's death would involve "full transparency." The new footage confirms what the chief said Thursday: it does not show "absolute, definitive visual evidence that could confirm that a person is pointing a gun." This case is another reminder that footage from body and dash cams is not a panacea despite widespread calls for officers across the country to deploy them. Tuesday's shooting has sparked violent protests, requiring the North Carolina governor to declare a state of emergency and to call in the National Guard. Police shot the 43-year-old Scott outside an apartment complex while serving a warrant on somebody else.

The authorities said the 194th black man killed by US police this year had a handgun that he refused to drop.
In a two-minute video the dead man's wife took with a mobile phone in the moments leading up to the shooting, an officer is overheard yelling, "Drop the gun." Chief Putney told a news conference on Saturday that police saw marijuana and a weapon in Scott's car, and said, "uh-oh, this is a safety issue for us and the public." Chief Putney's change of heart to divulge the footage came as the ACLU, NAACP, members of Congress, the victim's family, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and the public at large have been calling for him to release the police footage. Putney has the power to release the video because a North Carolina law requiring a court order for police agencies to release footage doesn't take effect until Oct. 1. The chief noted, however, that not all of the police video is being made public. What is being disclosed is footage from when the encounter started until when Scott was shot, he said. Here are the links to the videos the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department forwarded to Ars: The 68-second body cam footage shows from when the encounter started to when "officers began rendering first aid." (We have downloaded the video, and it is at the top of this report and also linked here.) Enlarge The second, 140-second video is of dashcam footage that shows an officer shooting Scott. Here is the best screen shot we could get from the video. Enlarge Here is the video:
Meanwhile, North Carolina's State Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation into the shooting by officer Brentley Vinson, who is black and was not wearing a body cam, despite police policy requiring body cams.
Vinson has been placed on administrative leave. Other officers on the scene, however, did have body cams running. Putney maintains that, under the totality of the circumstances, Scott's shooting was justified. When announcing Saturday he would publicize the footage, the chief said that "we are at a stage" where "I can release more information." The authorities released a lengthy statement (PDF) late Saturday explaining the shooting incident: Two plainclothes officers were sitting inside of their unmarked police vehicle preparing to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of The Village at College Downs, when a white SUV pulled in and parked beside of them. The officers observed the driver, later identified as Mr. Keith Lamont Scott, rolling what they believed to be a marijuana “blunt.” Officers did not consider Mr.
Scott’s drug activity to be a priority at the time, and they resumed the warrant operation.

A short time later, Officer Vinson observed Mr.
Scott hold a gun up. Because of that, the officers had probable cause to arrest him for the drug violation and to further investigate Mr.
Scott being in possession of the gun. Due to the combination of illegal drugs and the gun Mr.
Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns. Officers departed the immediate area to outfit themselves with marked duty vests and equipment that would clearly identify them as police officers. Justin Bamberg, the attorney for the dead man's family, had viewed the police body cam and dash cam footage on Thursday. He said police gave Scott "several commands, he did not aggressively approach them or raise his hands at members of law enforcement at any time." Bamberg said that, even with the official footage that Chief Putney allowed him and Scott's family to view, it was impossible to know whether Scott was brandishing a firearm, as police allege. The authorities also released a photo of the handgun they say Scott was brandishing: Here is the image the authorities released of the marijuana recovered on scene: Enlarge

Warning, graphic content. reader comments 322 Share this story The New York Times released cell phone footage on Friday showing the confusion leading up to the Tuesday shooting death of a black man by Charlotte police. The two-minute footage, which does not show the shooting itself, was taken by the wife of the victim, Keith Lamont Scott.

The development comes a day after Charlotte's police chief said the department would not publicly release video footage of Smith's shooting that was captured by police body and dash cams. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Kerr Putney, however, did allow the family to view the police footage on Thursday.

The family said the video could not conclusively demonstrate whether the victim had a handgun, as police have said. The new video the wife's attorneys gave to The New York Times does not add anything conclusive to whether the killing—which prompted violent protests and a state of emergency in North Carolina—was justified.

The video does not show Scott being shot but offers "another vantage point" in the moments leading up to the shooting outside a Charlotte apartment complex, according to the family's attorney. Police were at the complex to serve a warrant on somebody else when they say Scott got out of a vehicle with a gun, and they shot and killed him after ordering him to drop his weapon. Scott's wife, Rakeyia, said she had come out of the complex to give her husband a mobile phone charger, and she discovered officers around his truck. "Hands up," is what can be heard from the outset on the video. According to The New York Times: In the shaky video she took, the wife is overheard yelling "Don't shoot him... " "He doesn't have a gun," Ms.
Scott says. "He has a T.B.I."—an abbreviation for the traumatic brain injury the lawyers said Mr.
Scott sustained in a motorcycle accident in November 2015. "He's not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine." "Drop the gun," an officer screams as the wife tries to explain her husband's condition. "Let me get a fucking baton over here." "Keith, don't let them break the windows.

Come up out the car," Ms.
Scott says, as the video shows an officer approaching Mr.
Scott's vehicle. "Drop the gun," an officer shouts again. "Keith, don't do it," Ms.
Scott shouts, as the video shows her backing away a bit and panning to the ground. "Keith, get out of the car. Keith, Keith.

Don't you do it.

Don't you do it, Keith." Then there are gunshots. "Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?" the wife is overheard yelling on the tape. "Did you shoot him? He better not be fucking dead. He better not be fucking dead.
I know that fucking much.
I know that much. He better not be dead." Moments later, the video shows Scott on the ground with officers by his side. The family's attorney, Justin Bamberg, said he exposed the video in a bid to prompt Chief Putney to release to the public the footage the agency has of the incident. Many have called for the video's release, including members of Congress, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the NAACP.
Scott is the 194th black person killed by US police this year. Bamberg told the newspaper: Right now we don't have enough facts to say whether this shooting was justified or unjustified.

That's what we’re trying to find out. One reason why this video is being released is we wanted to give the city and Police Department the opportunity to do the right thing and release the videos they have available that clarify the situation a bit, and could potentially answer some of the outstanding questions. Chief Putney did not immediately comment on the footage.

reader comments 175 Share this story UPDATE 5:20pm PDT: The lawyer representing the victim's family said that, after watching the footage, he could not tell whether the victim was holding a weapon.

The attorney, Justin Bamberg, said the family wants the video footage released to the public. ORIGINAL STORY: A day after North Carolina's governor declared a state of emergency amid violent protests following the police killing of a black man, Charlotte's police chief said Thursday the agency will not publicly release video footage of Keith Lamont Scott's death. A black officer from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department killed Scott, 43, on Tuesday outside an apartment complex while serving a warrant on somebody else.

The officer, who has been placed on administrative leave, said Scott had a handgun as he got out of a vehicle and did not follow orders to drop it.

Friends and family members maintain Scott was carrying a book—an assertion flatly denied by Kerr Putney, the police chief.

At a press conference, he said the authorities retrieved a handgun Scott "was holding in his hand when he got out of the vehicle." Shooting victim Keith Lamont Scott. Facebook The chief is currently investigating the incident, which is yet another instance of police shooting a black man in the US.

According to various watchdog sources—the Washington Post, The Guardian and the Killed by Cops database—between 706 and 844 people have been killed by US cops in 2016. Of that total, the North Carolina ACLU notes there were 194 deceased black Americans. Chief Putney said Thursday that footage from the Scott shooting does not show "absolute, definitive visual evidence that could confirm that a person is pointing a gun.
I didn’t see that in the videos I saw." Still, Putney told the news conference that he'll only show the footage to the victim's family, not the public. The chief said the agency only publicly releases video of shootings "when we believe there is a compelling reason." He said the department wants to be as transparent as possible, "but I never said full transparency." "If you think we should display a family’s worst day for public consumption, that is not the transparency we’re speaking of," Putney said. The chief's comments come a week before a North Carolina law goes into effect that would require a court order to disclose police footage to the public. Members of Congress, the NAACP, the American Civil Liberties Union, and others have called for the department to release the video. "In the interest of transparency and accountability, and particularly in light of conflicting accounts about the shooting, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department should quickly release any and all footage it has of the events leading up to the shooting, as well as the shooting itself," said Karen Anderson, the ACLU of North Carolina executive director. The Charlotte police agency requires officers to wear body cams.

At least three officers on the scene were wearing body cams. Officer Brentley Vinson, the shooter, was not wearing one at the time of the incident. Listing image by ABC News/YouTube
Enlarge / French Education minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, leaving the Elysee Presidential Palace last week in Paris.Frederic Stevens/Getty Images reader comments 29 Share this story France's education minister has asked the company that makes Pokémon Go to keep its most valuable creatures out of French schools. At a press conference earlier today, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem said she will soon meet with California-based Niantic to ask them to tweak their game.

According to statements reported by The Associated Press, Vallaud-Belkacem wants to keep some creatures out of French schools, since she's worried they would tempt non-students to enter. Principals can already apply online for a school to be wholly removed from the game's map, but Vallaud-Belkacem wants the company to take some steps without being asked.

The minister says that her main concern is the placement of extremely rare or "legendary" pokémon creatures in schools, which would prove too tempting to strangers who shouldn't be around the school. Officially, France is still in a state of emergency, following terror attacks in Paris last year and last month's Bastille Day attack in Nice. French officials aren't the only one who want limits placed on the super-popular mobile game. When the game was made available in Thailand earlier this month, a government spokesperson in that country warned that Pokémon Go could have detrimental effects on young people. The game is banned in Thai military barracks and security agencies. "The game could harm players with things like loss of money, their job, [and] their education, as well as the relationships they have with the people around them," said the Thai spokesman.
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