A North Carolina police chief has announced he has decided to release police bodycam and dash cam video footage of Tuesday’s police shooting of a black man in Charlotte.
Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department didn’t immediately say when the footage would be made public but said he had decided the release would not hinder an ongoing investigation of the shooting.
He said he had determined recently that releasing footage would have “no adverse impact on the investigation.” He also added physical evidence would be released.
“These are tough times for our city and we’re going to get through it,” he added.
Community activists have been for days calling on Putney to release body cam and dashcam video of the shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott. Putney has said he wants to be transparent but also won’t compromise his investigation.
Scott’s family has viewed the videos and has called on Putney to release them to the public.