It really should have been obvious from the very beginning yesterday afternoon, if we had been paying attention, and journalists were doing their jobs as skeptics looking for facts, instead of a click-bait-driving narrative.
After Keith Scott was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) team attempting to serve a warrant on another person yesterday, his family concocted a tale of a man who was unjustly executed by police for no reason at all.
They said he only had a book.
No it was not a book, according to multiple police officers, and multiple witnesses, it was a gun, and apparently Mr. Scott was not “open carrying” as is lawful in North Carolina. He was, as Owens explains “brandishing” the weapon, that is not legal
He was shot and killed by an African-American CMPD officer.
There was no book nearby.
And there was a gun, which other witnesses in the apartment complex admit seeing in Scott’s hands as officers warned him repeatedly to put it down.
Keith Lamont Scott was not approached by a solitary officer in plainclothes, or even a group of plainclothes officers.
Scott was approached by three uniformed CMPD officers, and a fourth officer wearing street clothes and a CMPD-issued vest emblazoned with the word “POLICE” in bold letters.
And, again, according to multiple witnesses these officers told Scott multiple times to drop his weapon
Charlotte police warned 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott again and again to drop his handgun before an officer shot and killed him, the police chief announced Wednesday morning, after riots damaged patrol cars and injured at least 16 officers, one of whom was hit in the face with a rock.
Police Chief Kerr Putney said during a news conference that officers were searching for a suspect Tuesday when they saw Scott exit a vehicle with a handgun at an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side. “The officers gave loud, clear verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses. They were instructing the subject, once he got out of the vehicle, to drop the weapon… Mr. Scott exited his vehicle armed with a handgun as the officers continued to yell at him to drop it.”
Putney said Officer Brentley Vinson shot Scott because the man posed a threat. Vinson is black, as was Scott.
“It’s time to change the narrative, because I can tell you from the facts that the story’s a little bit different as to how it’s been portrayed so far, especially through social media,” Putney said.
Once again, a false narrative is born, a narrative the media will carry and trumpet. And there have already been riots, and maybe there will be more. Innocents have been hurt, and maybe more will be, all over damned lies spewed by Scott’s family. That is reprehensible. It is one thing to mourn your loved one, but to deliberately lie and accuse police of cold-blooded murder? No, sorry, that crosses the line, as does the actions of the rioters, who have no excuse for their behavior. These are not people seeking justice at all, these are people looking for opportunities to behave in an indecent fashion. And damn the media for the role they keep playing in these incidents! Their job is to REPORT, not misrepresent the facts.