This might be the last police video from North Carolina you’ll ever see
Police Department of the fatal encounter between officers and Keith Lamont Scott could be the last such footage that North Carolina authorities share with the public.Scott died on September 20. In the five days since the shooting, protesters have demanded that Charlotte Police release video footage of the incident.
Initially, Police Chief Kerr Putney chose not to immediately release the camera footage, only doing so amid pressure from the public. Release of another video from one of Scott’s family members also added to the calls for police to release their footage.
Putney’s decision may be one of the final times a police chief will relent to public pressure.
That’s because a new law that goes into effect on October 1, exactly one week after the Scott footage was released, is set to block the public from obtaining similar kinds of recordings from body cameras or dashboard cameras.
The whole story?
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Gov. Pat McCrory, who signed the legislation two months ago, has said the law would balance “public trust” with the rights and safety of police officers.
In an interview this week with CNN, the Republican governor and one-time mayor of Charlotte doubled down his support for the measure.
It’s about “respecting the public, respecting the family, and also respecting the constitutional rights of the officer,” he said.
“One viewpoint of a video doesn’t often always tell the whole story,” McCrory said. “The angles can make a difference, and [you’re] not hearing [the sound] often in the video, so that [adds to] the complexity. The video is one piece of evidence. We have to be careful.”
The sudden concern for the Constitutional rights of officers is certainly touching, too bad such concern isn’t extended to the public.
Then again while police refuse to release videos per se they often make free with what the videos supposedly show. This allows them to control the narrative and try to turn the subject of the shooting into a criminal.
From crime scene photos released Scott had a gun, an ankle holster and a blunt. Apparently the conclusion we’re supposed to draw is that gun (even in the holster?) plus pot = deadly threat to cops.
Last, NC is an open carry state. Simply having a gun or even having it in his hand should not be considered suspicious behavior. Apparently the Second Amendment is only for whites.