CNN is being accused by a group of police officers of deliberately removing parts of Keith Lamont Scott’s fatal shooting video in Charlotte to imply the shooting was unjustified.
Blue Lives Matter claims that CNN edited out parts of the Sept. 20 shooting video of Keith Scott where police are ordering him to “drop the gun” several times, whereas the full unedited video demonstrates that police gave Scott many chances to drop his gun and surrender.
“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,” Blue Lives Matter said in a statement. “Innocent citizens were hurt during the Charlotte riots, but editing like this also incites violence against police officers long after the riots are over.”
Police are heard ordering Scott to drop the gun in this video no fewer than nine or ten times:
In this video aired by CNN, the parts where police ordered Scott to drop the gun were omitted:
Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, took the actual video. In the video, she can be heard saying, “He doesn’t have a gun. He has a TBI. He’s not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine.”
The police reported that Scott had a gun. Rakeyia said her husband was holding a book.
While the video does not clearly show that Keith Scott had a gun, police said they recovered a stolen, loaded handgun at the scene, and that he was wearing an ankle holster. Marijuana was also recovered at the scene.
The disobedience of Scott to the orders by the officers left many speculating that Scott was intending to commit “suicide by cop.”
Blue Lives Matter claims “CNN must have decided that didn’t fit their narrative, so they edited the video and made the shooting look much worse.”
In an intense statement, Blue Lives Matter said:
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.
This is not the first time CNN was accused of editing a video that insinuated a different message to the public.
Back in August, CNN was accused of editing the message of Sherelle Smith, the sister of a black man killed by a black Milwaukee police officer. By leaving out a crucial part of the message, the network made it appear that Smith called for peace whereas in the unedited version she was actually calling for protesters to burn down the suburbs.
CNN’s Anna Cabrera issued a clarification on Twitter, an apology for the edit, saying, “We shot-handed sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere. Correction.”
Blue Lives Matter has this to say about CNN’s editing of Scott’s video, “There are consequences to editing video like this, and it may cost more officers their lives.”
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