Video Supports 'The Version of the Truth That We Gave'
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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney says he will not release video taken while a police officer shot and killed 43-year old Keith Lamont Scott, a Black man and father of four. Police maintain Scott had a gun which they claim posed an imminent threat to officers, while Scott's family insists he did not have a gun, but was holding a book.
Chief Putney, speaking Thursday morning at a press conference, also said he will allow Scott's family to view video, but has no obligation to release it to the public. He admitted the video does not show Scott pointing a gun at officers.
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"The video does not give me absolute video evidence that a person is pointing a gun," Putney said, but added that in context with other evidence it supports "the version of the truth that we gave."
"It's not clear what the body cameras worn by three officers who were present during the shooting may have captured," the AP adds.