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General News    H3'ed 9/24/16

Yielding to Pressure, Charlotte Will Release Videos of Keith Scott Shooting

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The Charlotte authorities said Saturday that they would release dashboard and body camera recordings in the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, whose death has prompted large and sometimes violent protests here. The decision is a reversal by the city government, whose leaders previously contended that disclosing the recordings so soon after the shooting could undermine a criminal inquiry by the State Bureau of Investigation. But by Saturday, under pressure from protesters, community leaders and even Hillary Clinton, the authorities relented. The city’s police chief, Kerr Putney, announced at an afternoon news conference that the footage, which state officials said the city had the power to distribute, will be released.

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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.

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