'Release the tape' - Charlotte protesters demand cops reveal fatal shooting footage

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Protesters massed on Charlotte's streets for a third night in the latest sign of mounting pressure for police to release video that could resolve wildly different accounts of the shooting of a black man.

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Dozens of protesters were arrested after the shooting of Keith Scott.
Dozens of protesters were arrested after the shooting of Keith Scott.
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Demonstrators today chanted "release the tape" while briefly blocking an intersection near Bank of America headquarters in the heart of the city's business district. They then continued marching as police officers watched.

Members of the National Guard carrying rifles were also deployed in front of office buildings to head off another night of violence in this city on edge.

Officers warned protesters to disperse at times when they stopped in front of buildings, but the demonstration remained peaceful in the hour after darkness fell.

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The killing of black man Keith Lamont Scott sparked the protests and tear gas has been used to break up the crowd.
The killing of black man Keith Lamont Scott sparked the protests and tear gas has been used to break up the crowd.
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So far, police have resisted releasing police dashcam and body camera footage of the death of 43-year Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week.

His family was shown the footage today and demanded that police release it to the public. The family's lawyer said he couldn't tell whether Scott was holding a gun.

But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney said earlier in the day the footage of Scott's killing could undermine the investigation. He told reporters the video will be made public when he believes there is a "compelling reason" to do so.

"You shouldn't expect it to be released," Putney said. "I'm not going to jeopardise the investigation."

Charlotte is just 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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