“Those who knew Mr. [Keith] Scott and a father of seven, say he worked hard to provide for his loved ones, mentored some who lived near him, and enjoyed spending time with a large family that included his wife of 20 years and many extended family members. It is that image that is gnawing at many close to him who say angrily that he should not have been shot. However, the police paint a different picture of Mr. Scott, who spent several years in prison in Texas and who had been convicted on a variety of criminal charges over the years. They say he brandished a gun, which they found at the scene, and ignored demands to drop it, before an officer, who is also black, fatally shot him. Details of the shooting remain unclear, and the authorities have not released any video of it.”

For the past few hours, I’ve been arguing with a stranger on Facebook about the murder of Keith Scott by the police in Charlotte. The white woman on Facebook raised the same arguments as used by the police in this article. I have a problem with this though. 1. A couple days ago, I saw a video of a neighbor who witnessed the shooting and she said she SAW a white police officer shoot Scott multiple times and 2. The witness also said that he was unarmed and had a book. [Scott was in his car, minding his own business, while waiting to pick up his daughter from the school bus.]  I have also seen video circulating on Facebook of a CNN Live segment showing two black objects mysteriously appearing on the ground at the crime scene near Scott’s body. Something is wrong here…

Source: Yamiche Alcindor and Alan Blinder. “Shooting Victim Keith L. Scott Lived Sometimes Troubled But Quiet Life.” New York Times. September 22, 2016. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/23/us/charlotte-shooting-keith-scott.html?.

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