A North Carolina NAACP leader told CNN’s Carol Costello Thursday that it was irrelevant that black Charlotte resident Keith Scott was brandishing a firearm when he was shot and killed by a police officer.
Although Scott’s relatives claimed that he was holding a book when he was shot, police claim that body camera footage shows he actually held a firearm in a threatening manner.
CNN clip via Carol Costello’s Facebook page
“I think the most important part is the contrast in him having a book versus a gun. But in my mind and in most of the community’s mind, it really doesn’t matter if he had a gun,” Commie Mack, president of the Charlotte chapter of the NAACP told Costello.
“At the end of the day we have the right under the Second Amendment to carry here in North Carolina,” she continued. “And [the police’s] responsibility was to engage him in a more de-escalated way, to find out if he had a permit for his gun and allow him to go on his merry way and he would still be living today. That’s not what happened.”
She concluded that video indicating Scott was armed didn’t really matter.
“So I don’t want anyone to walk away from this conversation today thinking that a video showing he had a gun in any way says that he was guilty of anything,” she said.
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