North Carolina police are refusing to release video footage and other evidence that could shed light on an unarmed man’s death at the hands of an officer.
According to Chris Chestnut, the lawyer representing the unarmed man’s family, the police department’s unwillingness to release the footage recorded by a police cruiser’s dash cam casts doubt on the integrity of an ongoing investigation.
Last month, 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell was shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Officer Randal Kerrick, who was responding to a late-night 911 call. Kerrick is facing voluntary manslaughter charges.
“We want the facts out in the public domain. Not part of them, all of them,” Chestnut said during a press conference on Tuesday, according to Reuters.
Police claim that the footage is not public record and won’t be released. The department has, however, released an audiotape of the 911 call hat was made at the time. Ferrell was knocking on a door of an unknown household, and the audiotape reveals that the woman inside thought he was trying to break in.
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