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Gov. McCrory Does Not Plan to Watch Charlotte Shooting Video

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By    |   Friday, 23 Sep 2016 12:19 PM

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday he hasn't seen the shooting video of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, and he has no plans to watch it.

"I'm going to let the criminal justice system do their job and keep the politics out of it as much as possible," McCrory told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. 

"I'm going to let the judicial process proceed out of respect for the -- again, most of us would love for the tape to get out as soon as possible, but we do have to respect the constitutional process, especially of the police officer. ... And we have to take that extremely seriously, not just for this police officer, but also all police officers that go through this process or we're going to lose their confidence also."

Scott's family saw the footage Thursday, and has demanded police release the video to the public.

But there is a dilemma about showing the video, said McCrory, as the constitutional rights of the police department and the black police officer who fired the fatal shots also come into play, so that "during an ongoing criminal investigation, the police officer also has protection and protection of evidence, and so a fair trial could be heard."

State law is changing in North Carolina on Oct. 1, the governor said, which will allow a judge to "determine the balance between the community's right to know versus the constitutional protection of the criminal process. This is a criminal investigation."

McCrory said he's had "very positive conversations" with both President Barack Obama and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump about the situation. Trump commended the governor, through a tweet, for doing a "tremendous job under tough circumstances."

 

"I told them both that we have some anarchists who don't have legitimate reason to protest," said the governor. "We have others who do have legitimate protests that need to be heard. I've also told them about the courage of our National Guard and police officers."

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North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday he hasn't seen the shooting video of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, and he has no plans to watch it. "I'm going to let the criminal justice system do their job and keep the politics out of it as much as possible," McCrory told...
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