Court Records Show Keith Scott’s Wife Filed Restraining Order

Court Records Show Keith Scott’s Wife Filed Restraining Order
This image made from video provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Sept. 24, 2016 shows Keith Scott on the ground as police approach him in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 20, 2016. (Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department via AP)
Jack Phillips

The wife of Keith Scott—the Charlotte man whose officer-involved shooting death triggered protests and riots across the city last week—filed a restraining order against her husband in October 2015, according to local media reports.

“He hit my 8-year-old in the head a total of three times with his fist,” and “he kicked me and threaten(ed) to kill us last night with his gun,” reads the restraining order from Rakeyia Scott, according to local station WCNC. “He said he is a killer and we should know that.”

When the restraining order form asked if law enforcement should consider Keith Scott a threat, Rakeyia Scott marked “yes,” adding that he carries a “9mm black,” likely making reference to a gun. 

Videos showing the moment Charlotte officers opened fire on Scott were released following his death. The clips do not show conclusive evidence he was holding a gun as police have claimed.

Police released footage from a dashboard camera and a body camera on one of the police officers. However, the lone officer who wore the camera didn’t activate it until Scott was shot and on the ground, the Washington Post reported.

A spokesman for the body camera company that supplies the Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD told the Post the body cameras police wear are constantly recording video, but not sound. None of the video is saved until the camera is activated. When an officer activates the camera, sound is then active and the previous 30 seconds of silent footage is saved.

Brently Vinson, the officer who shot him, wasn’t fitted with a camera.

“Officer Vinson perceived Mr. Scott’s actions and movements as an imminent physical threat to himself and the other officers. Officer Vinson fired his issued service weapon, striking Mr. Scott,” a release from the Charlotte police department states. “Officers immediately rendered first aid and requested Medic to respond to the scene.” It added that officers saw Scott in possession of a gun, telling him to drop it.

Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter with 15 years experience who started as a local New York City reporter. Having joined The Epoch Times' news team in 2009, Jack was born and raised near Modesto in California's Central Valley. Follow him on X:
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