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Charlotte shooting: Police brace for more protests as Scott's family releases dramatic video

Police have arrested a suspect in the killing of protester Justin Carr, who was shot during protests Wednesday night. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Charlotte, NC, United States Sep 24, 2016, 01.17 AM (IST)
A dramatic video of moments leading up to the shooting of the African-American man in Charlotte, North Carolina was released by his family on Friday. 

The two minutes and 16 seconds of video filmed by Keith Scott's wife, Rakeyia Scott shows her pleading with officers not to open fire. 

"Don't shoot him, he has no weapon! He has no weapon! Don't shoot him!" she is heard saying in the video. 

The video does not show the shooting itself but captures the moments surrounding it. 

He was shot and killed during a parking lot encounter with police searching for another person wanted for arrest.

In the recording, the policemen can be heard yelling "Drop the gun! Drop the gun!"

Scott's family says he only had a book in his hand. But the police allege he had a handgun. 

After a few tense minutes, four quick gunshots were heard but was not captured in the video. 

"Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him?" Rakeyia Scott screamed. 

The video then shows Scott lying face down on the asphalt surrounded by officers.

The victim's family has viewed the police footage and are leading calls for it to be made public.

But the police say it was premature to release the video as it might interfere with the investigation. 

"If I were to put it out indiscriminately and it doesn't give you good context, it can inflame the situation," Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney argued.

Hundreds of people gathered on the city's streets Thursday night for passionate but largely peaceful protests, chanting "Release the tapes!"

Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts also favoured the release of the video but warned it could lead witnesses to change their accounts. 

Dozens of armed National Guard men have been positioned on street corners in Charlotte.

Charlotte has been rocked by three nights of violence-marred protests, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in the southern US city. The curfew order is set to remain in effect Friday night.

Meanwhile, US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has postponed a trip planned for Sunday to Charlotte,

"Hillary is grateful for, and intends to honor, the invitation from faith leaders to visit with the Charlotte community," her campaign said in a statement on Friday.

"After further discussion with community leaders, we have decided to postpone Sunday's trip as to not impact the city's resources," it said, adding that Clinton will visit the city on the following Sunday.


(WION with inputs from agencies)
 
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