Even though the videos were inconclusive, Putney and Mayor Jennifer Roberts were right, if late, to release them.
At a press conference, Charlotte police chief Kerr Putney said that Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was definitely holding a gun when he was shot by a black police officer last Tuesday, although the videos to be released - police dashcam and body-camera videos from officers at the scene - do not show the gun actually in his hand.
The shooting on Tuesday of Keith Scott, a 43-year-old father of seven, was the latest in a series of deadly police encounters across the country in recent years that has raised questions about the use of force by US law enforcement against African-Americans and other minorities.
Police in Charlotte, North Carolina have released dash and body camera footage from this week's fatal shooting. Shots then break out and Scott drops to the ground.
Before their encounter with Mr. Scott, the police officers were conducting surveillance of the parking lot, seeking to serve a warrant on someone else, Mr. Putney said.
Other pictures and documents will also be released that give "indisputable evidence" of the police version of events, specifically that Mr. Scott was wielding a gun, Chief Putney said Saturday. They also said Scott had marijuana.
Scott's family lawyer Justin Bamberg told a news conference that despite the new videos, it was still impossible to "clearly identify what, if anything, is in his hand, and that has not changed". "He's passively stepping back".
He said the most important question that should be answered is whether Scott's actions justified the police shooting.
The body camera footage shows Scott outside of his vehicle with his hands down, but the moment the bullets were fired at him is not shown.
Police said they had recovered a loaded gun with Scott's DNA on it, and that he wore an ankle holster. When Scott comes into view, his hands are at his side and he's standing beside his SUV.
Mr Scott is then seen lying face down on the ground while his wife says: "He better live".
Attorneys for the family say Scott looks to be complying with police. "We are investigating and looking into the facts". But then one of the officers saw him hold up a gun, the document states.
"Yes, based on the totality of what we see, he absolutely was in possession of a handgun", Putney said.
The two-minute video recorded by Scott's wife on a mobile phone showed the scene of the shooting, but not the shooting itself.
Before the release of the video, hundreds massed outside at the Charlotte police department building on Saturday afternoon chanting the name "Keith Scott". They also chanted, "No tapes, no peace" and raised signs including one reading "Stop Killing The Black People".
Peaceful protests continued after the video release.
Scott's family maintains that he did not have a gun at the time of the shooting. Demonstrators called for the end of emergency measures imposed on the city this week, the removal of National Guard troops and for officers involved in the incident to be prosecuted.
The police move came under increasing pressure from Scott's family and the public after the shooting sparked four days of protests and riots. Four shots are heard, and he falls mortally wounded.