Charlotte’s police chief said he won’t be releasing video of the fatal shooting of Keith Scott

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will not immediately be releasing video to the public of the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, the department’s police chief told the media on Thursday.

Scott’s death on Tuesday set off two nights of unrest in Charlotte, North Carolina. The police chief, Kerr Putney, said nine civilians were injured and 44 were arrested after protests turned violent Wednesday night.

Putney also said the video, taken from a police dashboard camera, does not definitively show Scott pointing a gun at anyone.

The police have said they shot Scott after he ignored officers’ instructions to drop a weapon. Scott’s family and a witness, however, said he was holding a book, not a gun.

Though the video will not be released to the public, Putney said the department would honor the Scott family’s request to view the footage.

“I’m going to be very intentional about protecting the integrity of our investigation,” Putney said, adding that he would release the video “when there is a compelling reason” to do so.

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