NORTH CAROLINA (Reuters) - Police in North Carolina released graphic camera footage of the shooting and death of a black man by officers in Charlotte last month.
A lawyer for the family of Keith Scott said the video does not offer evidence supporting a police narrative that he was holding a gun.
The death of the 43-year-old father of seven is one of the latest to raise questions about racial bias in US law enforcement and further stoke a national debate on America's criminal justice system ahead of November's presidential election.
Protesters and family members have demanded that Charlotte-Mecklenburg police release full police body camera footage in part to back up the police allegation that Scott was armed during the Sept 20 shooting.
Video lasting about 16 minutes shows officers giving Scott medical aid as he lies unresponsive on the ground in a parking lot. He can be heard making moaning sounds with his hands handcuffed behind his back.
No gun can be seen with Scott in the video.
After the video's release, Justin Bamberg, a lawyer for Scott's family, was quoted by the Charlotte Observer newspaper as telling reporters that the new video does not show Scott was armed.
The funeral for Scott was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew bearing down on the region.