A man described as the brother of Keith Lamont Scott called all white people “f–cking devils” in an emotional video interview captured after Scott was shot and killed by a Charlotte, North Carolina police officer.
Watch the video above. (Warning: Graphic language).
In it, he says, before angrily walking away from reporters: “I just know that all white people are f-cking devils.” Then he adds, “All white cops are f-cking devils, and white people.”
The shooting has sparked growing and violent riots and led to a state of emergency in Charlotte. However, Scott was shot and killed by an African-American police officer, Brentley Vinson, who works for a force run by a black chief. A WSOC-TV reporter said on Twitter that Vinson is the son of one of the first black detectives on the Charlotte police force.
The man did not stop with the devils comment; he is captured in other video interviews making claims about the shooting. WCNC-TV said he identified himself to an NBC reporter as Scott’s brother.
WCNC-TV Charlotte anchor/reporter Tanya Mendis was one of the journalists conducting interviews with him:
He said in the second interview: “He was waiting on his son to get from school… ” He said the police officer was not wearing a uniform and said he “just jumped out. And yelled gun and shot at him.”
The chief has verified that Vinson was wearing plainclothes. However, he said Wednesday that officers gave “loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses” to Scott to drop the weapon but, according to The Huffington Post, Scott “had re-entered his vehicle and exited again still holding the gun.”
According to the Associated Press, the police chief says videos of the incident do not definitively show Scott point the gun, however, and the police will share the videos with the family.
The Tuesday outrage – which led to the injuries of at least 16 officers, one by a rock – was fueled, in part, by a dramatic and expletive-laden video that Scott’s daughter, Lyric, streamed on Facebook Live immediately after the shooting, in which she claimed police shot her father because he was black.
The riots continued on Wednesday night and culminated in businesses smashed, people assaulted, four more officers injured, and a demonstrator shot in the head. As of 12:15 a.m. Thursday, the riots were still in full gear, although the situation calmed somewhat on Thursday night.
The Charlotte unrest came after outrage was already growing over the Tulsa, Oklahoma shooting death of Terence Crutcher. On Thursday September 22, the DA in Tulsa announced he was filing criminal manslaughter charges against Police Officer Betty Shelby. You can read those charging details here.
In Tulsa, though, no riots resulted. Charlotte, however, saw two days of growing violence on the streets. In one incident, a man was attacked in a Charlotte parking garage in what people on social media characterized as a racial attack, saying the man was white. You can watch that video here.
The police chief, Kerr Putney, pushed back hard at social media narratives that said Scott, a father of seven, was unarmed and holding a book when he was shot and killed on Tuesday. Putney said on Wednesday that Scott was armed with a gun and had refused commands to drop it; the chief added that police found the gun at the scene, but never found a book, said CNN. Scott’s family says he was disabled from a head injury due to a bicycle accident, said reporter Tanya Mendis.
“It’s time to change the narrative because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media,” said Putney, according to CNN.
A WBTV reporter released what she said was a picture from a police source of the gun recovered at the scene:
Another local reporter also received a similar photo:
The officer who shot and killed Scott, Brentley Vinson, is a former college football player who has been on the Charlotte force since 2014, according to WSOC-TV. His father, Alex, is a retired police officer, according to The Charlotte Observer.
The violence on Wednesday night exploded into the near fatal shooting that left a demonstrator clinging to life. The demonstrator who was critically injured by another demonstrator on Wednesday night is on life support, according to the City of Charlotte Twitter page. The shot man, identified as Justin Carr, has now died.
You can see photos of that wounded demonstrator here. Warning: The photos are graphic.
A video captured the scene. Again, warning: It’s graphic.
Police said in a statement released to the news media on Tuesday that they had gone to an apartment complex to serve a search warrant against someone else. There, they said that a confrontation ensued with an armed Scott, who was a father of seven and was, according to family, disabled. A police statement released to the news media says that officers from the Metro Division Crime Reduction Unit were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant on him at the Village at College Downs when they observed a person, Scott, inside a vehicle in the apartment complex.
“The subject exited the vehicle armed with a firearm,” the statement says. “Officers observed the subject get back into the vehicle at which time they began to approach the subject. The subject got back out of the vehicle armed with a firearm and posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers who subsequently fired their weapon.”
You can read the police news release here:
The City of Charlotte has also released what it calls a facts sheet on the Scott shooting. You can access it here.