Congresswoman Maxine Waters reacted to the release of video showing the moments just before Keith Scott was shot to death by Charlotte police.
In the video, Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, can be heard pleading with police not to shoot her husband.
“Don’t shoot him. Don’t shoot him,” she says. “He has no weapon. He has no weapon.”
Police yell again at Mr. Scott: “Drop the gun! Drop the f—ing gun!”
“He doesn’t have a gun,” she says. “He has a T.B.I. [traumatic brain injury]. He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.”
Rep. Maxine Waters on Release of Scott Video: “I’m With the Wife, I Don’t Care What the Law Says!”
After commanding Scott to drop the gun several more times, police opened fire, killing Mr. Scott.
After reviewing the video, Rep. Waters said, “I am so upset, watching this video and listening to the cries and pleas of a wife who says he has no weapon and had just taken his medicine.”
Waters also questioned why, since Mr. Scott wasn’t threatening anyone, police had to shoot him.
“Even if they had to sit there and wait it out until she talked him out of the car, why did they have to advance and kill him?” Waters asked.
Waters was then asked about the North Carolina law that prevents the release of dashcam or bodycam video.
“I don’t care what the law says,” Rep. Waters said. “You have a wife who videoed what took place, her husband has been murdered, and if you tell me that she should care about a law that is in place literally to protect police anyway, and that she should not have shown it, I’m with the wife. I don’t care what the law says!”