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Cell phone video of Charlotte shooting released, and the likelihood that Tulsa officer could be convicted of manslaughter in shooting

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We're getting a first look at cell phone video released to the New York Times of the police-involved shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina. It was shot by Scott's wife, Rakeyia, who can be heard telling police that her husband does not have a gun and suffers from a traumatic brain injury as officers repeatedly yell for Mr. Scott to drop a weapon.

Warning: The video linked above contains explicit language and some graphic content.

Meanwhile, manslaughter charges were filed yesterday against a Tulsa Police Officer.

Last Friday, she shot and killed an unarmed black man who was outside his vehicle on a two-lane road.

The officer's attorney claims she thought the man was reaching into his vehicle, failing to follow the command that he place his hands on the car.

However, the family of Terence Crutcher says the window was up and he couldn't have been reaching inside. Officer Betty Shelby was released after posting bond. Her attorney said he was surprised at how quickly the DA decided to file charges.

We’ll talk about the legal prospect of those charges and look at the latest emotional rhetoric surrounding police shootings.


Steve Lurie, 20 year-long LA law enforcement veteran, attorney and adjunct professor of Law at Loyola and Pepperdine law schools

Jody Armour,  Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law and author of “Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America" (NYU Press)