Two weeks after the police shooting of Keith Scott, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police are trying to step back from the case and take a longer view of how they do their jobs. Police Chief Kerr Putney talked about the case on Wednesday, and how to move forward as a police department.
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has ordered the evacuation of Charleston and Beaufort Counties as Hurricane Matthew barrels toward the east coast. A press release sent out by the governor late Wednesday morning says residents and visitors in Charleston and Beaufort Counties should begin evacuating no later than 3 p.m. Wednesday. The governor’s office says the scope of evacuations could expand to other areas on Thursday as the storm approaches.
The family of Keith Lamont Scott, the black man who was fatally shot by a CMPD officer a little over 2 weeks ago, has reviewed the remaining dash and body camera footage of the incident. Calling for more transparency, the family asked that footage be made public, and it was last night. WFAE’s Sarah Delia discusses what we’ve learned by viewing this additional material.
The Charlotte police officer who fatally shot Keith Lamont Scott last week has a short personal history with CMPD but a long family one. WFAE's Michael Tomsic has been researching officer Brentley Vinson, who, like Scott, is African-American. He joined Mark Rumsey to discuss what we know.
CMPD hasn't released all the body and dash cam video tied to the shooting of Keith Scott. But we have a better idea of how much exists - another 2 hours and 2 minutes. WFAE's David Boraks reports in this segment with All Things Considered host Mark Rumsey.
City officials declared Sunday’s Panthers-Vikings football game an "extraordinary event." That meant lots of police downtown and extra security measures. There was a small protest, but most people welcomed the distraction after a week of unrest.
Throughout the week, pressure had been mounting on CMPD to release video of the fatal shooting Keith Scott. Now, there’s a new call that was heard Saturday night in non-violent protests uptown: Release all the video.
Early Saturday evening, CMPD released dashcam and body camera footage of the shooting. The footage included moments immediately before and after the shooting - and leaves a lot of questions unanswered.
On Friday afternoon, WFAE aired an hour long special discussing the video released by Keith Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott.
Joining Mark Rumsey were WFAE reporters Tom Bullock and Gwendolyn Glenn and Charlotte School of Law professor Jason Huber. Included in the special were interviews with former Charlotte police chief Darrel Stephens, Charlotte city councilwoman Vi Lyles, and Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. Brigadier General (Ret), retired general and Army psychiatrist.
Updated Friday, 4:30 a.m. The family of Keith Scott wants the public to see videos of Scott being shot and killed by police Tuesday. Members of the Scott family viewed dash-cam and body camera videos of the shooting Thursday.
The family's lawyers issued a statement afterward, saying the videos raise more questions than answers. They say it’s impossible to tell from the videos, "what, if anything," Scott was holding when officer Brentley Vinson shot him in an apartment complex near UNC Charlotte.
Wednesday night’s protests in uptown Charlotte over a fatal police shooting began with a peaceful rally at Trade and Tryon streets. But then the crowd went in different directions: Some wound up listening to speeches of unity at an uptown church as others confronted police.