Opinion: Delaying the release of police bodycam footage of Andrew Brown Jr.'s death sounds like an excuse
April 28, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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The decision not to immediately release the full body camera video of Andrew Brown Jr.'s death was offensive to the family, the Black community and anyone who is exhausted from the repeated deaths of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement, writes Sonia Pruitt.
The decision not to immediately release the full body camera video was offensive to the family, the Black community and anyone who is exhausted from the repeated deaths of Black men and women at the hands of law enforcement.
After days of peaceful protest demanding that the footage be released, Pasquotank County Sheriff Tommy Wooten has said that he wants the full video released but has asked the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation to confirm that releasing the footage won't "undermine their investigation"
Body worn camera video has been immediately released in other police involved cases in this country, and "pending investigation" is starting to sound more like an excuse than a legitimate reason.
We are living in a time of heightened police scrutiny and public mistrust, so even if there is no body camera video, more often there is cell phone video from a witness that has been posted on social media, and still cases go forward.
On the list of demands to local, state and federal lawmakers is the immediate release to the public of police body camera footage after an officer-involved death.