Keith Lamont Scott's wife releases statement, calls for peace

Violent protests ensued throughout Tuesday night into Wednesday morning following the deadly shooting of a Charlotte man by a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer. 

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On Wednesday, the wife of Keith Lamont Scott released a written statement to the public calling for peace. 

Please attribute the following statement to Rakeyia Scott, wife of Keith Scott:

"My family is devastated by the shooting death of my husband, Keith. 

Keith was a loving husband, father, brother and friend who will be deeply missed every day.

As a family, we respect the rights of those who wish to protest, but we ask that people protest peacefully.  Please do not hurt people or members of law enforcement, damage property or take things that do not belong to you in the name of protesting.

After listening to remarks made by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Putney today, we have more questions than answers about Keith's death.  Rest assured, we will work diligently to get answers to our questions as quickly as possible. 

In the near future, we will offer more information about Keith and our family.  

Until then, we ask that you please respect our family's privacy as we grieve and prepare to lay Keith to rest."

A number of peaceful demonstrations and protests began Wednesday afternoon in Uptown Charlotte. 

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