Costs from Charlotte protests over death of Keith Lamont Scott total more than $4.5M


CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46) — Protests over the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott by police cost the City of Charlotte a little more than $4.5 million, according to officials.

The cost summary released by the City Manager’s Office on Friday, covers a three-week period ranging from September 20, 2016 through October 7, 2016.

The table below solely includes costs incurred by the City and does not include costs associated with damage to private property.

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According to the totals, the City spent about $3.6 million in payroll/overtime pay for police during the three week period. Additionally a cost of $122,115.95 resulted from property damage.

The City said it does not anticipate any of the costs to qualify for federal or state reimbursement. Instead, it is anticipated the City will use current capital reserves and various operational savings to offset the majority of the costs, officials said.

Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer on September 20. His death sparked days of violent and peaceful protests across the city, including demands by protesters for the resignation of the police chief and mayor.

Related: Updates on the Keith Lamont Scott case

Related: Report: Keith Lamont Scott died from two gunshot wounds to the back

Scott’s family has maintained that he was not armed during his confrontation with police. However, evidence collected from the scene, including a firearm and ankle holster, with Scott’s DNA on it proves otherwise. 


The question both the defense and police have been trying to answer: Was Scott pointing a gun at officers when he was shot?

Body and dash camera footage released by CMPD does little to provide an answer as it’s unclear from either video whether Scott raised a gun at all.

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