A fatal police shooting Tuesday in North Carolina was filmed by the wife of the person who died, according to exclusive video footage released by NBC News Friday afternoon. Rakeyia Scott filmed the episode on her smartphone before police fired the shots that killed Keith Lamont Scott in the parking lot of a Charlotte apartment complex.
During the video, which lasts for less than a minute, Rakeiya Scott can be heard first repeatedly yelling to her husband, "Don't do it" before police start shooting. Police ordered Keith Lamont Scott to "drop the gun" but his wife told officers that her husband did not have a gun. It was not immediately clear what Rakeiya Scott was advising her husband against doing.
The video can be viewed below and contains graphic laguage and images.
Reacting to seeing her husband's body lying face down on the pavement of the parking lot, Rakeiya Scott then yells, "He better not be f---ing dead, he better not be f---ing dead. He better live, he better live!"
Law enforcement has maintained that Keith Lamont Scott was armed with a gun, but the video released Friday does not show him with a gun. The only time the video shows Keith Lamont Scott is after he was shot. From the vantage point of Rakeiya Scott's footage, it was not immediately clear what Scott was doing in the moments before he was shot.
Residents in Charlotte have demanded the video footage the police have — separate from Rakeiya Scott's footage — be made public, something the local police chief has been resistant to based on his precedence of not doing so with past Charlotte shootings that were captured on police video.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said Thursday he had seen the footage from police body cameras and admitted that he could not say for sure whether Keith Lamont Scott was aiming a gun at officers. However, Putney did say that a gun was recovered on the scene and disputed the claim that Keith Lamont Scott was just sitting in his car reading a book, as independent witnesses said happened.
There is no "absolute, definitive visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun," Putney said. "I didn’t see that in the videos I reviewed."
Keith Lamont Scott was disabled, according to multiple reports. His wife can be heard in the video saying he had just taken his medication.
"He had some issues with his brain and he had two broken hips and (his) pelvis broke in half and his nose was broken," his mother told South Carolina CBS affiliate Live 5 News. "It caused him to stutter his words and sometimes he couldn't remember what he said."
The shooting sparked days of protests that have at times turned violent and resulted in the death of at least one person other than Scott. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Thursday declared a state of emergency and called in the National Guard and Highway Patrol and instated a midnight curfew lasting until 6 a.m. the following morning.
Keith Lamont Scott was killed by police less than a week after a white Oklahoma officer shot and killed a black motorist in Tulsa. The officer in that shooting, Betty Shelby, was indicted Thursday on manslaughter charges.
The officer in Keith Lamont Scott's shooting, Brentley Vinson, is black and was not immediately charged with committing a crime. Vinson was placed on paid administrative leave, a customary action for any police officer involved in a shooting.
While there have been protests in Tulsa over the shooting death of Terence Crutcher, 40, they have been mostly peaceful.