"Dozens of armed National Guardsmen took up positions on street corners in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday after the family of a black man fatally shot by police released its own video of the encounter that has sparked three days of sometimes violent protests.
Few people were on the streets as the sun began to set and crowds were sparse in bars and restaurants in the Uptown section of the city. Some people heading home after work stopped to chat with Guardsmen.
The family of shooting victim Keith Scott continued to urge officials to release their own recordings of the slaying as they called for peace in Charlotte.
The moment when a black police officer shoots Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven, cannot be seen in the two-minute video recorded by his wife, Rakeyia, who can be heard urging officers not to fire.
"Don't shoot him! He has no weapon," she can be heard telling officers as they yell at Scott, "Drop the gun!"
Several gunshots can be heard in the video, which was released to U.S. media, followed by her screaming, "Did you shoot him? He better not be dead."
The video was filmed from a nearby curb as the drama in the parking lot unfolded in front of Rakeyia Scott.
CNN quoted a source close to the investigation as saying that a loaded gun had been recovered at the scene of the crime and that fingerprints, DNA and blood on it matched Scott's.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Protesters have dismissed police officers' claims that Scott had a gun. Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts on Friday also called for release of the police videos, in an interview with CNN. "I do think it would help in terms of transparency to release that footage," she said.
Scott's death was the latest in a succession of police killings of black people, mostly men, which have unleashed protests and riots across the country and intense criticism of the use of excessive force by police.
A United Nations working group on Friday compared the killings to the lynching of black people by white mobs in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Scott was the 214th black person killed by U.S. police this year out of an overall total of 821, according to Mapping Police Violence, a research group whose members include protesters of a 2014 police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. There is no national-level government data on police shootings."
So, what do you think about this? Do you think the police has too much power?
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In this case, the body cam footage from the officers has not yet been released, and the footage taken by family members seems to be inconclusive. At the moment, we can't tell for sure if this was legally justified or unjustified.
I think that police officers in the US are extremely limited in what they can do to deal with gun crime. US cops have to assume that anybody could have a gun, and act accordingly. I don't think they've enough power, or the right powers to deal with the situations they frequently end up in.
They spend their days working with people who could potentially be armed and dangerous, but have to jump through so many hoops to take somebody's guns off them or even find out if somebody has a gun that they are forced to assume the worst.
If you search for the video of the attack on two Savannah Chatham officers by somebody they'd pulled over, it's pretty clear that the US police have a very dangerous working environment. They're so frequently in danger of being shot themselves that it's usually not at all surprising that they open fire when they do.
TLR; I think that US cops have too few powers to protect themselves, and so they end up using their last resort (opening fire) more frequently.