Blue Lives Matter, a group of active and retired law enforcement officers, is claiming that CNN edited one key portion of video of the Sept. 20 Charlotte shooting of Keith Scott…
…the part where police ordered him to “drop the gun.”
This contention, that Scott was just another unarmed black man mercilessly slaughtered by police (in this case, black officer Brentley Vinson), sparked several violent episodes of protests, rioting, and looting.
In a 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.”
The full, unedited video taken by Scott’s widow, Rakeyia Scott, includes a police officer shouting “Gun. Gun. Drop the gun!” as Scott gets out of his vehicle and backs away from police. Rakeyia Scott can be heard pleading, “Don’t shoot him, don’t shoot him,” and “He didn’t do anything” as police continue to order Scott to drop his weapon at least 12 times in 38 seconds. At the same time his wife can be heard saying, “He has no weapon.”
It was later determined that Scott was wearing an ankle holster and police recovered a loaded, stolen handgun at the scene which, according to wife Rakeyia, was a “book.”
Blue Lives Matter believes the edited video likely played a role in the violent rioting, saying, “There are consequences to editing video like this, and it may cost more officers their lives.”
This isn’t the first time CNN has been caught editing video to manipulate the news. According to Fox News:
In August, CNN was accused of editing comments from the sister of a black man killed by a black Milwaukee police officer to make it appear that she called for peace. The shooting of Sylville Smith, who police said refused to put down his gun, touched off riots and violence in the city.
Smith’s sister, Sherelle, was quoted as calling for an end to violence “in the city.” But CNN left out what followed: a call for protesters to burn down the suburbs.
CNN correspondent Anna Cabrera tweeted an apology for the edit, saying, “We shot-handed sister’s quote. Unintentionally gave the impression she was calling for peace everywhere. Correction.”
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