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Charlotte Unrest: Video of police shooting; witnesses counter police account

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER during protests in the early hours of September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER during protests in the early hours of September 21, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Charlotte's police chief said Thursday he plans to show video of an officer shooting a black man to the slain man's family, but the video won't be immediately released to the public.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has said that 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott refused officers' repeated commands to drop a gun, but he said during a news conference that the video does not definitely show Scott pointing a gun at anyone.

Putney said he is working to honor the request from the family of Scott to view the video. It's unclear when or if the video might be released publicly.

Residents say Scott was unarmed,  holding only a book, and disabled by a brain injury. But it's unclear what the body cameras worn by three officers who were present during the shooting may have captured. Police officials say the plainclothes officer who shot Scott, Brently Vinson, was not wearing a camera and is black. He has been placed on leave, standard procedure in such cases.

As officials tried to quell the unrest, at least three major businesses were asking their employees to stay home for the day as the city remained on edge. Mayor Jennifer Roberts said earlier Thursday the city was considering a curfew.

The streets were mostly quiet Thursday, but Bank of America, Wells Fargo and Duke Energy all told employees not to venture into North Carolina's largest city after Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency Wednesday night and called in the National Guard.

A peaceful prayer vigil Wednesday night turned into an angry march and then a night of violence after a protester was shot and critically wounded as people charged police in riot gear trying to protect an upscale hotel in Charlotte's typically vibrant downtown. Police did not shoot the man, city officials said.

With files from the Associated Press.


Litsa Pappas, Reporter with Time Warner Cable News in Charlotte; she tweets @litsapappas

Ajamu Dillahunt, Longtime worker rights and black liberation activist in Raleigh, North Carolina