Police have released dramatic footage from the Charlotte shooting

Charlotte police have released dashboard camera footage showing the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week.

The incident sparked several days of demonstrations.

Charlotte's police chief Kerr Putney spoke at a news conference yesterday, after several hundred demonstrators took to the street in protest for a fifth day.

Kerr Putney.
(Todd Sumlin/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Putney announced that they would release body and dashboard camera footage of the shooting. He said the footage and other evidence would corroborate their account of how things unfolded, including that Keith Lamont Scott was holding a gun when he was shot.

Putney said that he decided to release the footage after receiving assurances from the State Bureau of Investigation that it would not impact their independent probe of the shooting.

Protests in Charlotte.
(Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Asked whether he expected the footage to quiet protesters, Putney responded: "The footage itself will not create in anyone's mind as to what this case represents... the footage only supports the other information" such as forensic evidence and witness statements.

He also said that his officers did not break the law but noted that the State Bureau of Investigation is continuing its investigation.

Putney said that Scott was "absolutely in possession of a handgun," and that officers also saw marijuana in his car - prompting officers to act.

Protests in Charlotte.
(Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

The demonstrations in Charlotte have fluctuated between violent and peaceful. Many of the hundreds massed outside the police department yesterday afternoon chanted the name Keith Scott. They raised signs, including one reading "Stop Killing The Black People".

Charlotte is the latest US city to be shaken by protests and recriminations over the death of a black man at the hands of police, a list that includes Baltimore, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York and Ferguson, Missouri.

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