CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte’s mayor says she does believe video of the police shooting of a black man should be released publicly, but she says it’s a matter of when.
Mayor Jennifer Roberts said during a news conference Friday that “I do believe the video should be released. The question is on the timing.” Police Chief Kerr Putney echoed her remarks, saying the video’s release is “a matter of when, it’s a matter of sequence.”
Protesters and the family of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott have called on authorities to release the video, which could resolve wildly different accounts of Scott’s shooting.
Police have said Scott refused repeated commands to drop a gun; residents say he was unarmed. An attorney for his family, who viewed the video Thursday, says it’s not clear from the video if he’s holding anything, including a gun.