Does Mrs. Scott’s breaking video change your mind in the deadly police shooting case?
Video caption: Newly released footage shot by Keith Scott’s wife Rakeyia Soctt shows Charlotte police ordering him to drop the gun a dozen times before they finally shot him. Media analyst Mark Dice has the story. © 2016 by Mark Dice
Unsettling footage obtained by NBC News shows the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The video, taken by Scott’s wife, does not clearly show the exact moment he was shot by police on Tuesday. Scott is seen on the ground surrounded by police officers moments after the shots were fired.
“He better not be f—ing dead, he better not be f—ing dead,” Rakeyia Scott can be heard shouting at the officers. “He better live, he better live!” It is not clear what preceded the shooting.
The killing of Scott, 43, sparked three nights of fiery protests and violent clashes between protesters and law enforcement. Activists and the Scott family have pressed city officials to release bodycam or dashcam footage of the fatal encounter.
In the two-minute, 12-second footage provided by the Scott family’s attorney to NBC News, Rakeyia Scott can be heard saying, “Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him” as police appear to converge on a white pick-up truck in the parking lot of a condominium complex. “He has no weapon — don’t shoot him!”
Rakeyia Scott can be heard urging her husband to comply with the officers who had instructed her husband to “drop the gun, drop the gun.”
“Keith, don’t let them break the windows! Come on out of the car,” she can be heard yelling, “Keith, don’t do it!”
“Keith, Keith, Keith — don’t you do it!”
It’s at that moment that four gunshots can be heard, as Scott’s wife screams: “Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?”
In the aftermath, police officers can be seen attending to Scott’s prone body as his wife apparently calls 9-1-1.
The footage was obtained by NBC News amid conflicting reports about whether a gun was found at the scene of the shooting. Police say he had a handgun on him and posed “an imminent, deadly threat.” The family says he was not armed and did not pose a threat to the officers.
No gun is clearly visible in the video footage, which appears to have been recorded from a nearby patch of grass. A photo, previously obtained by NBC News from local affiliate WCNC, appears to show an object at the scene that police sources identified to the affiliate as a gun. It is not known how long after the shooting the photo was taken.
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Below is a full transcript of the verbiage heard in the video:
Rakeyia Scott: Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He has no weapon. He has no weapon. Don’t shoot him. He didn’t do anything.
Officer in background: Drop the f—ing gun.
Officer: Drop the gun, drop the gun.
Rakeyia Scott: He doesn’t have a gun. He has a TBI [traumatic brain injury]. He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.
Officer: Drop the gun. Let me get a f—ing (inaudible) over here.
Rakeyia Scott: Keith, don’t let them break the windows. Come on out the car.
Officer: Drop the gun.
Rakeyia Scott: Keith don’t do it. (Loud click heard).
Officer: Drop the gun.
Rakeyia Scott: Keith get out the car. Keith, don’t you do it, don’t you do it. Keith, Keith, Keith, don’t you do it.
(Four gunshots are heard.)
Rakeyia Scott: Keith, don’t you do it.
Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?
He better not be f—ing dead. He better not be f—ing dead, I know that f—ing much. I know that much he better not be dead.
I’m not going to come near you, I’m going to record though. I’m not coming near you, I’m going to record though. He better be alive cause, he better be alive, how about that.
(On the phone with 911.)
Rakeyia Scott: Yes, we’re over here at 9453 Lexington Court. These are the police officers who shot my husband, and he better live. He better live cause he didn’t do nothing to them.
Officer: Is everybody good, are you good?
Rakeyia Scott: Ain’t nobody touch anybody, so they all good.
I know he better live. I know he better live. How about that I’m not coming to you guys, but he better live.
He better live, you hear this and you see this, right? He better live. He better live.
I swear he better live. Yup he better live, he better f—ing live. He better live. Where is … he better f—ing live and I can’t believe. I ain’t going nowhere. I’m in the same damn spot, the f–k.
That’s OK, did you all call the police? I mean, did you all call the ambulance?