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Charlotte police will release video from Keith Lamont Scott shooting

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Charlotte police said Saturday they would release bodycam and dashcam footage and other information about the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, bowing to public pressure after initially refusing to share any video amid a wave of violent unrest.

The reversal comes a day after NBC News obtained cellphone video taken by Scott's wife, Rakeyia, through a family attorney in which she begs with officers not to shoot her husband as they surround his pickup truck. It does not show the shooting itself.

Protesters, who have held nightly demonstrations in North Carolina's largest city since Scott was shot by officers on Tuesday, have demanded police release any bodycam and dashcam footage of 43-year-old Scott's final moments.

But the State Bureau of Investigation, which has taken over the case, said earlier it wouldn't release police video for fear of compromising its review.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney also said this week that he wouldn't release police videos, although he said the ones he watched didn't show "absolute, definitive, visual evidence" that Scott brandished a weapon at the officers.

The Scott family was permitted to view the police video Thursday.

"He doesn't have a gun. He has a TBI [traumatic brain injury]," Rakeyia Scott says in the video that she took. "He's not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine."

Brentley Vinson, the plainclothes officer who fired the fatal shots at Scott, was not wearing a bodycam, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. But three other officers who were at the scene were.

Earlier Saturday, the NAACP in Charlotte joined the calls for police to share the footage, calling it "video that is ours." 

attorney Justin Bamberg said after viewing it that "it is impossible to discern from the videos what, if anything, Mr. Scott is holding in his hands."

Police were at the condominium complex where Scott was sitting in his car to serve a warrant on someone else.

They said they saw Scott holding a gun as he exited his truck and then return to his car before he exited again. At that point, police said, they shot Scott after he became threatening and refused to listen to their commands to put the weapon down. But some in Scott's family insisted he didn't have a weapon.

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