Keith Lamont Scott
Feb03|1973 — Sep20|2016
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In Part I of this two-part series I laid out the case that Keith Lamont Scott was not holding a firearm when he was killed on Sep20|2016 in Charlotte, N.C. That is not to say he was not armed. The video evidence and the inescapable deductions derived from that evidence make it quite clear that Scott was carrying a Colt Mustang .380 semi-automatic pistol in an ankle-holster when he was shot, assuming that the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Dept. is not out-and-out lying about finding the Colt at the crime scene. And so, when CMPD top-cop Kerr Putney told the media that Scott was “armed,” the statement was — technically — factually correct, but it was a lie to the extent that it was meant to convey the idea that Scott had a weapon in his hand or was a threat to anyone, least of all Berkley Vinson, the CMPD cop who killed Scott. Just because a statement is factually correct doesn’t mean it isn’t a lie, which brings us to this Part II. The objective here is to identify the many allegations in the media that appear to be almost certainly lies, even though some of them may be “factually correct.” Once we have worked our way through the thicket of lies, a more objective and a troubling conclusion begins to take place: From what I have seen, it is possible that Scott’s homicide was murder.