The official autopsy results in the case of an African American man killed by the police during a traffic stop have shown that he received three bullet wounds.
On September 20, Keith Scott was sitting in his car, waiting to pick up his child, when police officers stopped him as they were looking for another man who fit Scott’s description. A dispute followed, and police officers shot Scott because, they claim, he was wielding a gun.
According to the official autopsy report, Scott was shot in the back, in the abdomen, and left wrist.
His widow, Rakeyia Scott, blames prejudice for the fatal shooting of her husband. Rakeyia, who was at the scene of the shooting, disputes the police’s claims that her husband had a gun. She took cell phone video of the incident, and can be heard shouting “don’t do it” during the confrontation.
“He had no gun. He was not a threat… I have no doubt in my heart because at the end of the day my husband was not there to bother you, or anyone else,” Rakeyia said to WCNC.com.
Dashcam video shows Scott stepping back from the officers with his arms down at his side when he was fatally shot.
However, Keith Scott had suffered from a brain injury as the result of a previous motorcycle crash. His widow believes this was a factor in the confrontation, saying that medication impaired his judgement. She explained that Scott was on 11 different medications, and that at times he is unable to comprehend conversation until a particular medication has taken effect.
Drug overdoses are all too common in the United States; as of 2014, more than 47,000 people died due to drug overdoses. Although the toxicology report found that Scott was under the influence of sedatives and anticonvulsant drugs at the time of his death, there is no doubt that the cause of his death was the gunshot wounds.
Scott’s death sparked outrage in Charlotte, North Carolina, causing several nights of protest in the city.