Police: Video of killing too gruesome to release

Police confront protesters blocking I-277 during demonstrations following Tuesday's police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A police attorney in Charlotte is telling a media coalition that much of the video of a fatal police shooting is too gruesome to release publicly.

Media lawyer Jonathan Buchan says in an email to The Associated Press and other organizations that he has discussed the contents of the police videos with police attorney Judy Emken.

Buchan quotes Emken as saying that the only police body camera video of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott lasts about 16 minutes. About two minutes worth of video has been released, including the shooting itself.

Buchan quotes Emken as saying the remaining 14 minutes is very bloody and includes the sounds of Scott groaning as he died. Buchan says police are refusing to release that portion because of its nature, and authorities didn’t show it to Scott’s family.

Buchan says Emken told him that 52 officers responded to the scene in all and each had body cameras or dashboard cameras. All but one of the officers turned off their cameras as they arrived at the apartment complex where Scott was fatally shot. Buchan says Emken told him the one dashboard video and body camera video that have been released came from the same officer.

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