At the center of the Keith Lamont Scott shooting investigation is a major discrepancy between authorities and Scott’s family about what led to the fatal incident.
Charlotte police claim Scott was armed, but his family says he was perched in his car, reading a book while he waited for his son after school. Scott, 43, was a husband and a father to seven children. According to his family, he was also disabled.
On Wednesday morning, Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney held a presser relaying that authorities followed protocol: ordering Scott to stand down before they fired, NBC News reports.
Putney also referred to reports from yesterday, confirming that a gun was recovered at the scene and that the officer involved, Brentley Vinson, was in plainclothes at the time of the shooting. Police did not find a book at the crime scene, Kerr said during the presser.
“We are calling for peace, we are calling for calm, we are calling for dialogue,” Roberts said to reporters, also noting that she previously spoke with the White House and the governor’s office.
Putney added that Vinson was not wearing a body camera, but the three other police officers on the scene were. According to Kerr, there are no plans to release the videos anytime soon, due to the ongoing investigation.
North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory recently signed a bill preventing the release of body camera footage, scheduled to go into effect October 1.
Scott’s supporters held a different presser, according to WCNC, calling for a separate independent investigation and an economic boycott in Charlotte.
Reverend BJ Murphy of the Nation Of Islam said: “Our black men here, and our black people, are being gunned down in the street and we don’t get no justice. So what I’m calling for, and we’re calling for, is an economic boycott of the whole city of Charlotte. Since black lives do not matter for this city, then our black dollars shouldn’t matter.”
Leaders also paid tribute to other Black men killed by police. Civil rights activist John Barnett said the community is “sick and tired of being sick and tired.”