LOS ANGELES (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a suburban Los Angeles city to release video of police fatally shooting an unarmed man two years ago.
Judge Stephen Wilson said Tuesday that the public should be able to see what led the city of Gardena to pay $4.7 million to settle a lawsuit.
The Associated Press and other news media argued there was intense interest in the videos because of scrutiny of police shootings nationwide.
Footage shot from three police-car cameras reportedly shows the killing of Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino. Prosecutors declined to charge four officers in the death after reviewing the videos and interviewing witnesses.
Lawyers for Diaz-Zeferino’s family and a friend who was wounded say the videos will let the public decide whether the shooting was justified.
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