We’re embedding NBC’s version of the video of the death of Keith Lamont Scott. It’s graphic and included profanity. It’s a mood changer.
Rakeyia Scott, wife of slain disabled father, Keith Lamont Scott, 43, cell phone recorded the moment Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officers confronted her husband. She begged them to not shoot him. She shares, “He has a TBI. He doesn’t have a weapon.” TBI is short for tramautic brain injury.
Officers ignored her. Today, he’s dead.
Scott was a father of seven. He was standing next to his car on Tuesday night, September 20, 2016, when officer Brentley Vinson opened fire and killed him. Officers were at The Village at College Downs apartment complex on the 9600 block of Old Concord Road serving a warrant to another man, not Scott.
In this video Rakeyia is frustrated and scared. She says in part:
“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him. He didn’t do anything.”
In the background, officers can be heard yelling, “Drop the gun.”
“He doesn’t have a gun. He has a TBI [a traumatic brain injury]. He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.
“Keith, don’t let them break the windows — come on out the car.
“Keith, don’t do it.”
“Keith, get out the car!”
“Keith, Keith, don’t you do it. Keith! Keith! Don’t you do it!
A burst of gunfire is then heard, with at least three shots fired.
“Did you shoot him?!” the woman yells. “Did you shoot him??”
Repeating her question, she says, “He better not be f****** dead!”
Once you get over the shock of the rapid gunfire, you empathize with Rakeyia who says repeatedly, “He better live.”