NBC News has obtained cellphone video that shows the encounter between Charlotte Police and Keith Lamont Scott, who was shot and killed by officers in an incident that has sparked three nights of protests and violence directed at police and some members of the media.
MSNBC aired the exclusive video Friday afternoon in a report by NBC News correspondent Gabe Gutierrez, who obtained the video from the Scott family. “The family wants to get this out,” Gutierrez said.
The video, shot by Scott’s wife, however, does not clearly show the moment he was shot by police–and it does not settle the question of whether Scott had a gun.
CNN and Fox News have aired the video, with CNN crediting NBC News while Fox credits The New York Times. The Times published the video on its homepage, reporting that it was obtained from an attorney for the Scott family.
The video’s release comes after activists and members of the Scott family have asked city officials in Charlotte to release police footage of the shooting, which the city has so far has not done. The city has yet to comment on the release of the cell phone video.