The wife Keith Lamont Scott has released a shocking video showing her husband’s last few moments. He was shot dead on September 20, three days later, Rakeyia Scott, gave a video she took on her cell phone of the shooting. Keith Scott was fatally shot by a black Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer named Brentley Vinson. The cops have said that they saw Keith Scott leave his truck outside of his home with a gun. When he allegedly refused to drop the weapon, officers opened fire. His family has maintained that Keith Scott was unarmed.
The shooting prompted nights of unrest in Charlotte as well as peaceful protests. Keith Scott was 43 years old. He’s survived by his wife and seven children. Officer Brentley Vinson is on leave pending an investigation.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. The Video Doesn’t Show if Keith Scott Was Armed or Not But Cops Maintain He Was
The video does not show if Keith Scott has a gun or not, Rakeyia maintains in the clip that he does not. The Associated Press reports that the Scott family released the video “as part of their quest for truth.” The family’s attorney, Charles Monnett, said in a statement that the Scott family are keeping up the pressure on Charlotte authorities to release all videos of the incident. That request is being made “so that people can draw their own conclusions.”
WSOC-TV reports police sources telling them that a loaded gun was found at the scene with Keith Scott’s fingerprints on it.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has said that there is one body cam and one dash cam that captured the incidents leading up to Keith Scott’s shooting.
While another family attorney, Justin Bamberg, told the New York Times that the video gives “another vantage point.” The Times reports that Keith Scott was waiting for his son in a parking space in their apartment complex. His wife had come out to give him a cellphone charger when she began filming.
2. She Says in the Video That Her Husband Suffers From a ‘TBI’ or Traumatic Brain Injury
Keith Scott’s mother, Vernita Scott Walker, told WCSC-TV, that he had suffered a head injury during a motorcycle accident in November 2015. She said, “He had some issues with his brain and he had two broken hips and broken pelvis broke in half and his nose was broken. It caused him to stutter his words and sometimes he couldn’t remember what he said.”
During the cellphone video, Keith Scott’s wife can clearly be heard telling the officers that he has a Traumatic Brain Injury.
3. Rakeyia Scott Has Asked that Protests Over Her Husband’s Shooting Remain Peaceful
In a statement after her husband’s death, Rakeyia Scott pleaded for peace in the Charlotte protests:
My family is devastated by the shooting death of my husband, Keith. Keith was a loving husband, father, brother and friend who will be deeply missed every day.
As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully.
The National Guard was then deployed on the streets of Charlotte with Gov. Pat McCrory saying, “Any violence directed toward our citizens or police officers or destruction of property should not be tolerated.”
The Charlotte Observer reports that most of those arrested during the protests are local and do not have criminal records.
4. Scott Works for Carnival Cruise Lines
According to her Facebook page, Rakeyia Scott works as a customer service representation at Carnivals Cruise Lines. She says on that page that her maiden name is Anneice. Rakeyia is a college graduate and says she’s from Charleston, South Carolina, and now lives in Gastonia in North Carolina.
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help the Scott family pay for funeral expenses.
5. Keith Scott’s Mother Says the Book in Her Son’s Hand Was the Quaran
Keith Scott’s mother, Vernita Scott Walker, told WCSC-TV, that her son was not armed and that the book in his hand was the Quran, a book he “loved” to read daily. She reiterated her daughter-in-law’s plea for peace in protests that have followed Keith Scott’s shooting. Walker said that the rioting “makes it bad for the family.” Walker also said that she last spoke to her son two hours before he was killed and that she learned he had died on the news.