Wife Of Charlotte Shooting Victim Releases Video

Friday, September 23rd 2016, 2:47 pm
By: News On 6

Video of a deadly encounter between Charlotte police and a black man shows his wife repeatedly telling officers he is not armed and pleading with them not to shoot as they shout commands to drop a gun.

The New York Times and NBC News posted the video, recorded by Rakeyia Scott, the wife of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott, on Friday. The around 2 1/2-minute video does not show the shooting, though gunshots can be heard.

According to CBS News, Rakeyia Scott tells officers at the scene that her husband has a traumatic brain injury. At one point, she tells her husband to get out of the car so that police don’t break the windows. As the encounter escalates, she tells them repeatedly: “You better not shoot him.”

After the gunshots are heard, Scott can be seen lying on the ground while his wife says “he better live.” She continues recording and asks if an ambulance is called as officers stand over Scott. It is not clear if they are checking Scott, who appears to be laying on his chest, for weapons or attempting to render aid.
Scott’s family was shown the footage Thursday of his fatal shooting and demanded that police release it to the public.

The video recorded by Scott’s wife had not been previously released.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.