Eyewitness Taheshia Williams’s account of the moments leading to the murder of Keith Lamont Scott by Charlotte-Mucklenburg Police reinforces the story maintained by the Scott family.
Taheshia Williams, an eyewitness to the killing of Keith Lamont Scott, 43, by Charlotte-Mucklenburg police, has come forward. Her recollection of what happened Tuesday evening reinforces a key detail of the events as told by the Scott family.
In their official account during a Wednesday press conference, police claimed that Scott was armed with a gun and a black officer named Brentley Vinson shot him after Scott refused to comply with his command to drop his weapon. As previously reported by Wear Your Voice, Chief Kerr Putney insisted that officers issued “loud, clear, verbal commands” to Scott as he “exited his vehicle armed with a handgun.” Concluding that Scott “posed an imminent deadly threat to the officers,” Vinson was left with no option but to discharge his weapon multiple times.
However, during an interview with Alan Fisher of Al Jazeera (seen in the video below), and a more fleshed-out Q&A broadcast in a Facebook live post featuring other reporters (see the bottom of this article), Williams disputes this account. Here’s what she had to say:
From interview with Al Jazeera:
“He got out the car with his hands up because the police told him to get out the car. He got out the car. The book fell off his lap, the book he was reading. He got out the car and then he walked around his car to the back of his car. When he walked back there, when his wife was running down saying, ‘No, stop, don’t do that,’ by the time she got right here to where his car was, they had shot that man four times.”
Williams went on to say that, in her opinion, the police version of the incident is a “cover-up.” “They made a mistake and they’re doing their best to cover up that mistake,” said Williams.
Alleging to have “actually saw the shooting,” Williams told reporters that the police’s claim that a black officer pulled the trigger is absolutely false:
“It was not a black officer that killed him; it was a white officer that killed him. He was bald-headed. The black officer came on the scene 15, maybe 10 or 15 minutes later. And he was the one doing CPR on him … and I’m pretty sure by that time, the man was already gone. He didn’t die at [Carolinas Medical Center] at 4 [p.m.], he died out here at 2:30 [p.m.].”
In fact, she was so close to the crime scene, she stated, that she could hear what Scott said to the officers:
“He said [with his hands up], ‘What is the problem? What did I do? What’s wrong?’ While he’s saying that, he’s walking to the back of his truck and he’s asking them, ‘What’s the problem?’ He was stepping over the book and everything, because it had fell off his lap. He said, ‘What did I do? What’s the problem?’ The police muffled something that I couldn’t hear and they shot that man four times.”
In the Facebook live post, William’s reiterated what she saw:
“He didn’t get out the car with a gun, then get back in the car. He would have been dead the first time.”
Now the question is how Charlotte police will respond to the accusations of this eyewitness account.
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