Subtitled; How Charlotte–Mecklenburg Chief of Police Kerr Putney Has Messed Up.
The citizens of Charlotte, North Carolina, have no trust in Putney’s inconsistent representations.
There are times when it’s best to be quiet rather than exert one-side of a story to the public. Putney has shown that he accepts whatever his officers say and therefore, cannot be any part of an impartial investigation.
Keith Lamont Scott was killed on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. There are so many conflicting points of view and reports that they make the head spin.
On September 22, 2016, Keith’s family was shown dash cam video. The attorney for the family stated that the video shows that Keith was walking with both arms at his side, and no gun present. Police Chief Kerr Putney refused to release the dash cam video to the public.
Keith’s wife took cell phone video and released it to the public yesterday. News sources and social media arm-chair sleuths gave their opinions on what the video shows. There was lots of jumping to conclusions because the cell phone video shows an officer standing at the passenger side window of a truck. Some analyzing that video said that the officer would have been able to see that Keith was holding a gun by standing at that window of Keith’s truck.
Now, we learn that the officer was not standing at Keith’s truck, but he was standing at a truck parked on the opposite side of the street from where Keith was parked.
On the cell phone video, we hear an officer shouting for Keith to put down the gun. On the dash cam video, Keith comes out of his truck and walks backwards with both arms at his side. His hands are holding nothing.
It has not yet been explained how a person sitting in a car is to drop a gun when putting it out of the window can lead to the same assumption that it is being pointed with intent to fire. Read the rest of this entry
All this time that we’ve reported on law enforcement killing unarmed civilians, and there are times I feel overwhelmed because the cases, and knowledge of cases, come faster than I can keep up. Because of new situations almost weekly, if not daily, it’s also difficult to follow-up on cases previously reported.
There are times I feel hopeless because each time we think we have an answer to reduce or stop the number of police involved shootings of unarmed citizens, we find the end result is always up to a human being who listens to the story of the cop who fired the gun. The living have opportunity to say what they thought and felt. The dead do not.
I cry. This time, I cry for Dillon Taylor and I also cried for Bron Cruz, the cop that killed him. I cried for Cruz because he wanted so badly for Dillon to be armed, that while Dillon’s blood was running like a river, and he went into seizure, that did not hinder Cruz from searching Dillon not once, but twice. I cried for Cruz because he planted seeds of blame in his garden of life rather than seeds of compassion.