Blue Lives Matter is accusing CNN of editing the Charlotte police shooting video. The deceptive edits make the officers involved look bad, Fox News reports.
The police shooting in Charlotte that took place in late September has resulted in many angry and upset people, as well as riots and protests in the streets. Blue Lives Matter, a group that consists of active and retired law enforcement, claims that CNN cut out a very important part of the Charlotte police shooting video where it shows police ordering Keith Scott to “drop the gun.”
A spokesperson for Blue Lives Matter released a statement regarding this allegation against CNN.
“The editing was clearly intended to give viewers the impression that Scott wasn’t armed. By intentionally excluding information to promote the false narrative that the officer-involved shooting of Keith Scott was unjustified, CNN directly contributed towards inciting violence and destruction in the Charlotte riots. Innocent citizens were hurt during the Charlotte riots, but editing like this also incites violence against police officers long after the riots are over.”
The video being questioned was shot by Keith’s widow, Rakeyia Scott. The video surveillance allegedly heard Rakeyia’s voice saying, “He has no weapon.”
The video shows Scott exiting a vehicle and slowly backing away when the police shot him three times. The video does not clearly show whether or not Keith had a gun in his hand, but a complete and full video includes an officer shouting, “Gun. Gun. Drop the gun.” The officer repeated himself many times demanding Scott to drop the gun.
While reports have surfaced stating that Keith was unarmed causing an up-rise in riots, Fox News reveals that the police did confiscate a stolen, loaded gun. It was also reported that Scott was wearing an ankle holster.
Blue Lives Matter is blaming CNN for playing a role in the rioting against police officers, claiming they use unnecessary force.
“There are consequences to editing video like this, and it may cost more officers their lives.”
Rakeyia claims that Keith had a book in his hand, not a gun.
According to CNN, Justin Bamberg, Scott’s family attorney, argues that the presence of a gun does not justify deadly force.
“You do hear officers make reference to a gun but you do not hear that it is in his hand. It is my belief that if that firearm was within that section of his body you would have seen it.”
Further, Bamberg argues that Scott did not make any quick movement towards the officers and a gun was not visible on camera.
“The key question remains, whether this was a justified shooting.”
End Times News Report shares a video that breaks down the audio and the visual of Rakeyia’s phone video. While the audio clearly indicates that Rakeyia becomes nervous when Keith begins backing up. She was shouting, “Keith, Keith, Don’t you do it. Keith, Keith, Keith, don’t you do it!”
The reporter argues that perhaps Rakeyia saw the same thing the officers saw when Keith was shot.
Similar allegations against CNN have been reported before. Back in August, CNN was accused of editing a video of a black officer shooting a black man in Milwaukee.
Sherelle Smith, the sister of Sylville Smith, who was shot by the Milwaukee Police, made some unsettling comments on a video that was released, News Busters reports. After comparing the video with CNN‘s, it appears that CNN did some editing to make Sherelle appear to be “calling for peace.”
“Burnin’ down sh*t ain’t going to help nothin’! Y’all burnin’ down sh*t we need in our community. Take that sh*t to the suburbs. Burn that sh*t down! We need our sh*t! We need our weaves. I don’t wear it. But we need it.”
Many are arguing that CNN is fueling the “Black Lives Matters” riots against police officers.
[Image by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department/AP Images]