A police group called Blue Lives Matter is claiming that CNN edited video of the Charlotte police shooting of Keith Scott.
According to a press release from TruthPR.com, Blue Lives Matter is a media company made up solely of active or retired law enforcement officers.
The group alleges that CNN purposefully edited video footage taken by Scott’s widow Rakeyia Scott to make it appear that police used unnecessary violence in Scott’s death.
Rayeyia Scott claims her husband was holding a book and was not armed when police shot and killed him. However, Blue Lives Matter says Scott was armed with a gun.
The police group also says that CNN specifically edited out the part of the video when officers tell Scott to drop his gun, but instead start the video with Rakeyia Scott saying, “He has no weapon.”
This video has led many viewers to believe the police acted with unnecessary force. It also played a factor in the Charlotte riots which took place after Scott’s death. More than a dozen were injured in these protests.
The official statement issued from Blue Lives Matter is as follows:
"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. Irresponsible reporting contributed to the assassination of officers in New York, Dallas, and Baton Rouge when the killers were trying to retaliate against police for perceived injustices. There are consequences to editing video like this, and it may cost more officers their lives."
Publication date: October 3, 2016