(WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO RELEASED BY THE CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT IS CONTAINED IN THIS STORY)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police released the body cam and dash cam video of the Keith Scott shooting Saturday evening.
The video was released to the media at 6:30 p.m.
Police say the body worn camera illustrated the footage from the moment it was turned on until officers began rendering first aid to Scott. Below is the body cam video released by CMPD. (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Below is dash cam video released by CMPD (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)
Attorneys for the family of Scott held a news conference after the video was released and said the family has more questions than answers after the video was released.
The family is satisfied that the video has been released, according to the attorneys.
"We are delighted as a family that the video has been released, that we have the absolute unfiltered truth," said Ray Dotch, Scott's brother-in-law. "But we have far more questions than answers. How did this incident result in a loss of life?"
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney held a news conference Saturday, announcing that the video would be released.
"There is no single piece of evidence that proves all the complexity of this case," Putney said.
Putney said some video will be released Saturday and more will be released after the prosecutor decides it okay. He said there is more video available, but it doesn't illustrate the shooting.
"You will not see all that was recorded today. You will see what is pertinent, specifically where it starts and where it ends, at the shooting," Putney said.
Putney said he decided to release the video Saturday because, "I now have assurance that there is no adverse impact on the investigation."
When asked if the officers will face charges, Putney responded, "Officers are absolutely not being charged (by me) and based on what we see, he (Keith Scott) absolutely was in possession of a handgun."Putney responded, "Officers are absolutely not being charged (by me) and based on what we see, he (Keith Scott) absolutely was in possession of a handgun."
Putney said it was not lawful for Scott to possess a firearm.
"When you're in possession of marijuana and in possession of a gun, that is a public safely issue," Putney said.
Police say that two plain clothes officers were sitting inside an unmarked police car preparing to serve an arrest warrant in the parking lot of The Village and College Downs when a white SUV pulled in and parked beside them.
In a release distributed by CMPD with the evidence, officers witnessed Scott rolling what they believed to be a marijuana "blunt." Police say that the officers did not consider Scott's drug activity to be a priority at the time and resumed warrant operations. A short time later, Officer Vinson saw Scott hold up a gun, which CMPD says gave him probable cause to arrest him for the drug violation and further investigate his possession of the gun.
"There are reasons our officers acted appropriately," Putney said. "I stand behind the facts of this case."
CMPD says due to the combination of drugs and the gun Scott had in his possession, officers decided to take enforcement action for public safety concerns. Officers then departed the immediate area to outfit themselves with marked vets and equipment that would identify them as police.
Police say that when officers returned, they again saw Scott in possession of a gun and loudly identified themselves as police and gave "clear, loud and repeated" verbal commands to drop the gun. Investigators say that Scott refused to follow the officers' repeated verbal commands.
According to CMPD, a lab analysis of the gun recovered at the scene revealed the presence of Scott's DNA and his fingerprints on the gun. It was also determined by police that the gun Mr. Scott possessed was loaded at the time of the encounter with officers.
Along with video of the incident, CMPD released photos of the gun, an ankle holster police say Scott was wearing, and marijuana recovered at the scene.
Former FBI agent and prosecutor M. Quentin Williams told NBC Charlotte's Michelle Boudin that the gun appeared to be cocked when the photo was taken at the crime scene. When asked why officers shoot to kill, Putney responded, "We don't. We shoot to end the threat."Officers saw a handgun initially when Scott was inside his vehicle, according to Putney. At this point in the investigation Putney said they only know of one officer who fired shots.RELATED: Another night of peaceful protests in uptown FridayOn Friday, a cell phone video that was taken by Scott’s wife was released by the family. Multiple state and local officials, including Roberts and Attorney General Roy Cooper said that the video should be released to the public. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tweeted Friday that the video should be released without delay.
Former FBI agent and prosecutor M. Quentin Williams analyzed the video released Friday with NBC Charlotte's Michelle Boudin, saying it's unclear if Scott had a gun in his hand when he was shot. Two screen grabs from the video circulated social media Friday with many people questioning whether a gun was discovered at the scene of the shooting. RELATED: Former FBI agent breaks down cell phone video of Keith Scott shootingGovernor Pat McCrory said Friday that it would be improper of him to say if the video should be released by local authorities, saying that CMPD was the custodian of the original video and had the legal authority to release it despite the SBI leading initiating its investigation of the shooting.Governor McCrory released a statement Saturday agreeing with CMPD's release of the shooting video. "As governor of North Carolina, I concur with the Charlotte police chief's decision to release the tapes. I have been assured by the State Bureau of Investigation that the release will have no material impact on the independent investigation since most of the known witnesses have been interviewed. We have appreciated the ongoing dialogue and team work between state and city officials to seek public transparency while protecting the integrity of the investigation and the rights of all parties involved in this case."