UPDATED: Thursday, September 22, 12:00 P.M. EST
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney told reporters Thursday morning that he will not publicly release dash cam footage of Keith Lamont Scott’s shooting, according to CNN.
Putney said releasing the footage would inappropriately broadcast “a victim’s worst day” for public consumption.
But Scott’s family wants transparency, and requested to view the footage. Putney says he intends to accommodate their demand. He warned that the video will not provide “definitive visual evidence” of Scott pointing a gun toward officers.
According to WJZY, the North Carolina NAACP State Conference released a statement Wednesday calling for the video’s release.
“We ask that the city of Charlotte be transparent with any video and any additional information held by the city that can bring light in the tragic death of Mr. Keith Lamont Scott at the hands of a Charlotte police officer yesterday,” the statement reads.
Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts told CNN that she will also review the footage on Thursday.
Officer Brentley Vinson, the cop who fired the fatal shot, was not wearing a body camera at the time of the shooting, but the footage was captured by the dash cam of other responding officers.
Protests rocked Charlotte’s downtown area two nights in a row; 44 people were arrested and nine civilians and five cops were injured on Wednesday evening, CNN reports.
Mayor Roberts and city officials continue to call for calm.
Initially, the city tweeted that the person was killed, but in a second tweet, city officials said the person was in critical condition on life support. The person, who remains unnamed, was shot by another civilian, according to CNN.
Throughout the night, protesters and police squared off in the streets of downtown Charlotte, turning over trash cans to set the contents on fire, while a few protesters broke off, blocking I-277. According to reports, CNN reporter Ed Lavandera was knocked down during a live shot.
Police used tear gas and flash grenades in return. According to CNN, one officer sustained injuries.
A second protest in a nearby park remained peaceful, the outlet writes.
Governor Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency, ordering deployment of the National Guard in Charlotte, CBS reports.
“Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated,” he wrote in a statement.
Protesters rallied after two separate press conferences held by police and Scott’s supporters varied in narrative.
Police chief Kerr Putney told the room of reporters that Scott refused several verbal commands from officers to stand down before he was fatally shot. A weapon was recovered at the scene, but the book that Scott’s family claims he was holding was never found.
Scott’s family maintains he was unarmed on the day of the shooting. During a press conference organized by Charlotte activists in support of Scott, Reverend BJ Murphy of the Nation Of Islam called for an economic boycott.
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