NAACP Announces DOJ Investigation into Charlotte Shooting, Video Could Be Released Today

Posted: Sep 24, 2016 3:00 PM

UPDATE (6:49 p.m. ET): The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department has released the body camera footage.

UPDATE: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney has confirmed his force will release the body camera video and dash camera video of the fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott. In a press conference on Saturday, Putney said Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun."

***Original Post***

At a press conference in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday, the NAACP and members of the clergy announced that the Department of Justice is launching an investigation into the police shooting death of an African-American male named Keith Lamont Scott.

The NAACP leaders also called for the authorities to release the tape of the shooting in order to be as transparent as possible. 

"We're pleading for transparency," they noted.

The video, a local reporter notes, may be released as soon as today.

While protests in Charlotte started off violent and even resulted in one civilian death, the past two nights have been largely peaceful.