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The family of Keith Lamont Scott has released cell phone video, recorded by his wife, that shows the moments leading to his fatal shooting by police Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The video is the first publicly released footage of the shooting, which spurred days of protests in Charlotte.

"Don't shoot him. He has no weapon," Rakeyia Scott can be heard saying. The first portions of the shaky video appear to show a number of police officers surround a vehicle in a parking lot.

A man repeatedly yells for someone -- apparently Scott -- to "drop the gun."

"He doesn't have a gun. He has a TBI," Rakeyia Scott says. "He's not going to do anything to you guys. He just took his medicine."

She goes on to say: "Keith, don't let them break the windows; come on out the car. Keith! Don't do it. Keith, get out the car. Keith! Keith, don't you do it. Don't you do it. Keith! Keith! Keith!"

The video shakes, and for a moment, a man in bright blue pants is seen by the surrounded vehicle. Gunshots are heard as Rakeyia Scott then says, "Don't you do it."

She then yells: "Did you shoot him? Did you shoot him? He better not be (expletive) dead." Two people kneel over the figure with blue pants, apparently Keith Scott, now lying on the ground.

Police said an officer shot Scott on Tuesday after he failed to heed commands to drop a gun. His family has said he didn't have a gun.

Eduardo Curry, an attorney for the Scott family, told CNN that the tape was released by the family because officials would not release the police footage to the public.

"We want the public to take a look at this tape and see what was in the video before he was shot, and what was there afterward, and ask how it got there," Curry said.

The status of other videos -- held by authorities -- has been a point of contention between police and the family.

On Friday, the police chief said he expected police videos of the shooting -- from dashboard and officer body cameras -- to be released eventually, when investigators decide that it can be released as part of a package with other information, so that the videos aren't released without context.

That differed from his message a day earlier, when the chief said the public shouldn't expect the videos' release.

By Jason Hanna

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