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Police may have violated body camera policy in Keith Scott shooting

Keith Scott Shooting (Photo Source: Screen shot of Rakeyia Scott video released by family to media)

Keith Scott Shooting (Photo Source: Screen shot of Rakeyia Scott video released by family to media)

The controversy following the shooting death of Keith Scott by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police is ongoing and still producing more questions concerning officers’ actions that day. Scott was killed by plainclothes officer Brently Vinson, who was not wearing a bodycam, unlike other officers. It is now being reported that an officer at the scene may have violated police policy in the use of the bodycam.

Police policy states that as soon as an officer arrives at the scene, the camera is to be activated. However, one officer did not activate his bodycam until after Scott was shot. At least 30 seconds of audio and possible evidence is now missing because the unidentified officer’s device was in “buffer mode.” The company that makes the bodycam device has stated that the bodycam is constantly recording, but only saves 30 seconds of video at a time while it is not turned on. Video released from the shooting cannot definitively show if Scott had a gun, which police are claiming. Family members of the victim claim that he was not a threat to officers when he was shot.

In addition, it is now being revealed that the gun found at the scene was reported stolen. According to police sources, an unidentified burglar claims he stole the gun during a home robbery at an unspecified date before the shooting. The man also claims that he sold the stolen weapon to Scott. Police have not released any information about the man accused of stealing the gun and  how or when he sold it to Scott. A police source confirmed to media that the gun reportedly found near the body of Keith Scott had his fingerprints, DNA and blood on it and was loaded.

Police were serving an arrest warrant unrelated to Scott when he was observed rolling what appeared to be a marijuana “blunt.”



6 Comments

  1. Rusty Shackleford on September 27, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    “My husband Keith Scott assaulted me several times by stabbing me in the back, almost puncturing my lungs, he sliced me [sic] ear and bruised my body…He hit my 8 year old in the head a total of three times with is [sic] fist…He kicked me and threaten [sic] to kill us last night with his gun. He said he is a ‘killer’ and we should know that.” – Rakeyia Scott

    From Mrs. Scott’s 2004 filing for a domestic violence restraining order against Keith Scott.

    • Sol Rothstein on September 27, 2016 at 4:17 pm

      What’s that GOT TO DO…with him being shot by the police, while sitting in his car, waiting for his CHILD at his HOME.

      BLACK FOLKS need to think deeper…

      White MEDIA is trying to paint the victim as a BAD MAN because of his past. THE POLICE that shot the man has a TROUBLED past with time cards, late for shifts, and not passing test…are we BRINGING that up !!!

      Speak on that…FUCKER…

      • Rusty Shackleford on September 27, 2016 at 9:09 pm

        While living in South Carolina in the 1990s, Mr. Scott was charged with a number of offenses including check fraud, aggravated assault and carrying a concealed weapon, according to court records. Later, he moved to Texas, where he shot and wounded a man in San Antonio in 2002. In 2005 he was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison for firing a gun at, fleeing from and then physically assaulting San Antonio police officers, who had pulled him over for drunk driving. He was released in 2011.

        (from Mrs. Scott’s 2004 filing for a domestic violence restraining order against Keith Scott)

        “My husband Keith Scott assaulted me several times by stabbing me in the back, almost puncturing my lungs, he sliced me [sic] ear and bruised my body…He hit my 8 year old in the head a total of three times with is [sic] fist…He kicked me and threaten [sic] to kill us last night with his gun. He said he is a ‘killer’ and we should know that.”

        “He has a 9mm and threatened to use it last night,” Ms. Scott wrote. “He does not have a permit, he is a felon.”

        On the complaint, she checked a box indicating that believed there was “a danger of serious and immediate injury to me or my children.”

        Gaston County records show that a deputy sheriff was unable to serve Mr. Scott with the October 2015 protective order before a court appearance, when a District Court judge extended it by one week. The judge, who concluded that Mr. Scott had “committed acts of domestic violence,” ordered him to keep away from Ms. Scott and forbade him to visit any schools where the couple’s children were enrolled.

        In a separate interview last week, Mr. Bamberg said Ms. Scott had been unaware that her husband owned a firearm.

        It gets worse.

        So, various other sites have different bits, but suffice to say, one of the local TV stations synched up the three videos, other eyewitness evidence has come out, you can see the gun being pulled out of from under his body from his right hand, just above the visible ankle holster on the right ankle, they toss it to the side by his right foot (not what I would have done) and then the officer in the red shirt straddles it to secure it while the other officers administer first aid.

        Guess what, you’re still going to have those who will refuse to admit it wasn’t a vast conspiracy.

        So, Mrs. Scott and the daughter lied to criminal investigators about Keith, the guns, the book, violent behavior, etc., and essentially create a social media firestorm that burns out of their control. It burns to the point of millions of dollars in manpower, destruction, looting, burning, various injuries, assaults and death. A city/county of 800,000, mostly decent human beings, all adversely affected. Also, the Charlotte PD HQ was evacuated late today for suspicous package/bomb scare.

        Do you charge Mrs Scott and the daughter with inciting a riot and deepen the wounds? Do they get the benefit of civility in letting a grieving, although seemingly scheming, family go their way to be someone else’s nightmare? Or does the Charlotte city council make the same mistake in two years and promote suicide by cop to the tune of another $3 million in already lacking taxpayer funds, made worse by the actions of Mrs. Scott and her daughter.

        As I sit on my back porch, watching the police and media helicopters fly over uptown, and as I pause to say a prayer in thankfulness for those public employees that serve this city every day, I  can’t help but wonder if Hillary is still planning on coming next week? As a Charlottean, Madame Secretary, I humbly beg that you give it another week. Round 2 just started and resources and nerves are still under heavy strain.

        • Rusty Shackleford on September 29, 2016 at 1:28 am

          I’d like to add that the area where this occured, around UNCC/I485/I85/HWY49/HWY29, you would think would be nice, but just isn’t quite what you’d think.

          New private apartments targeted for students built to incorrect standards, shootings aplenty in the last year, private citizen on private citizen murders, four I believe.

          I wasn’t surprised to see that the PD was there to serve a warrant. I wasn’t surprised that Keith felt he needed to carry after his accident left him less able to physically defend himself.

          I don’t begrudge or think less of him for burning one, although I would think twice about doing it so soon before taking over care of a child, but sometimes it helps allow you to focus on what I find to be the mind-numbing nature of kids thirty years younger or more than I am, but I’m not a parent, so it comes up about as often as cicadas.

          It was just a bad set of random circumstances coming together.

          But if were really seeking transparency then we need to look at everything. Transparency simply means we don’t pick and choose.

          Some things, I’m not sure of my own opinion. The family had the right to see all the police evidence and anything the public might have been able to add.

          I guess they have the right to see, the missing footage, with the dying gasps.

          You can look all this up, since they frown on direct links to other sites, and because we all want transparency. Search term Keith Scott plus anything below will get you there, limit search results to last 48 hours.

          WBTV did the video sync using dashcam, vest cam, Rakeyia’s video, using common sound as a reference point. Still shots of the gun from a third angle on another website from a neighbor in the complex that syncs to the video above and the still shots WSOC has and reposted/being relinked on (conservativetreehouse and YouTube).

          One last additional thought. There are lies, damn lies and statistics. The statistics may show a lot of out of town troublemakers arrested, but what happened on Monday, the first night, was Charlotte on Charlotte crime, so yeah, there needs to be a conversation, but not like what went down at city council the other night. We can’t be so angry about the discussion not happening before that we destroy our chance to start it now on a fair, equal and just footing.

  2. nosey rosy on September 27, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    so i find a few issues with this
    1. just cause cops see a gun dont mean shoot a man ,, if u are that scared go work at a warehouse or ups ..
    2. 2 witnesses said a white shot him?
    3. what burglar gonna admitt he sold a gun? unless he want his time cutt and is used by police
    4. why did they legalize guns and not give police a training on how to approach a gun owner .. gun owner dont mean thug, suspect and crazy fool

    • Sol Rothstein on September 27, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      Speak English…DAMN I cannot read that CITY APE language.

      Black folks need education. Up here commenting and grammar is that of a 2nd grader…

      NOSEY ROSY…you need better grammar and sentence syntax.