Keith Lamont Scott Identified as Disabled Black Man Shot Dead by NC Police While Reading in Car

A disabled man, Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was fatally shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., officers who were reportedly searching for someone who had outstanding warrants.

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Lyric YourAdorable Scott via Facebook

Updated Sunday, Sept. 25, 11:32 a.m. EDT: According to eyewitness accounts and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department dashcam and body-cam footage, Keith Lamont Scott was not sitting in his vehicle at the time he was shot. Scott exited the vehicle and was backing away from it as commanded. Neither a book nor a gun (as CMPD claimed Scott was holding, and that “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers”) can be seen in the footage.

Watch cellphone video from Rakeyia Scott, Keith Lamont Scott’s wife, here.

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9:32 p.m. EDT: The police-shooting victim in Charlotte, N.C., has been identified by friends and family as Keith Lamont Scott, 43. The officer who shot Scott has been identified as Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Brentley Vinson.

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m. EDT: The victim’s daughter, Lyric Scott, has gone live again from a growing protest in response to the police shooting of her father. (Live stream was deleted.)

Earlier:

A disabled black man has died at the hospital after being shot by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., police officer Tuesday afternoon on Old Concord Road in University City, a subdivision of Charlotte.

Police said that they were searching for someone who had outstanding warrants when they saw a man with what they believed to be a gun leave a vehicle.

According to police reports, the man, who has not been named, returned to his vehicle. Police claim that when they approached the man, he “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers,” according to the New York Times, and one of them opened fire. An eyewitness reportedly told the victim’s daughter that a Taser was used on her father, and then he was shot at least three times.

Medics arrived and the injured man was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

The victim was not the subject of the initial search, said Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney.

The police officer who pulled the trigger has not been named. Police have said, per protocol, that the officer will be placed on administrative leave.

The victim’s daughter, identified on Facebook as Lyric YourAdorable Scott, found out that her father was dead via the news while recording from the scene of the shooting. The victim’s brother said that he was holding a book, not a gun, and was just waiting on his son to be dropped off after school.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has been at the center of another fatal shooting of a black men in recent years.

As previously reported by The Root, a jury deadlocked in the trial of former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randall Kerrick, 27, who was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2013 shooting death of 24-year-old former Florida A&M football player Jonathan Ferrell.

On the night of Sept. 14, 2013, Ferrell, who was unarmed, was seeking help after a car accident when he knocked on the door of a nearby home. Instead of helping him, the homeowner slammed the door in Ferrell’s face and called 911 to report that someone was forcibly breaking into her home.

Kerrick was one of several officers who responded. Kerrick shot at Ferrell 12 times—with 10 bullets piercing his body—and at least eight of those shots were fired while Ferrell was crawling on the ground.

Kirsten West Savali is a cultural critic and an associate editor at The Root. She was named to Ebony magazine’s 2015 “Power 100” list and awarded a 2015 Harry Frank Guggenheim Fellowship. Her provocative commentary explores the intersections of race, social justice, religion, feminism, politics and pop culture. Follow her on Twitter. 

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