Charlotte police shooting: Video 'does not definitively show the victim pointing a gun'

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Video footage of the police shooting of a black man in Charlotte, North Carolina, does not definitively show the victim pointing a gun, the city's police chief has said.

Police Chief Kerr Putney said Keith Lamont Scott, 43, can not be definitively seen pointing a gun at anyone before he was shot and killed by police - despite police previously claiming he had refused to drop a gun.

The shooting sparked riots throughout the area after local residents insisted Mr Scott was unarmed, holding only a book and disabled by a brain injury.

Protestor is taken into custody by police in Charlotte

It is not currently clear what the footage shows but there were three cameras on officers at the scene, as well as a dash cam on a police car. It is also unclear when or if the video will be released to the public, but it will be shown to Mr Scott's family.

"Right now my priority is the people who really are the victims of the shooting," said Mr Putney. "I'm telling you right now if you think I say we should display a victim's worst day for consumption, that is not the transparency I'm speaking of."

Overhead view of demonstrators protest Tuesday's fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott

The riots in Charlotte following the killing of Mr Scott have been so severe some major businesses have asked their employees not to risk coming into work. One protester was shot on Wednesday evening after a peaceful vigil became violent, though officials say police did not shoot the man. Meanwhile Mayor Jennifer Roberts said they were considering a curfew in the city.

Brentley Vinson was the plain-clothes officer who shot Mr Scott and is himself black. He has been placed on leave as is standard procedure in such cases.