Jason Walker: North Carolina judge rules that police body camera video in shooting case can be released

Jason Walker, a 37-year-old black man, was shot and killed by Cumberland County Sheriff’s Deputy Lieutenant Jeffrey Hash, who told authorities he had jumped on his vehicle.
Hash’s attorney, Parrish Daughtry, told CNN the shooting was self-defense, citing a law in North Carolina that includes a stand-your-ground provision.

Judge James Ammons Jr. ordered the release of the bodycam videos of the three officers from the Fayetteville Police Department, who responded to the scene where Walker was shot.

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins had asked the court for permission to release the videos, which she said contained testimony from three witnesses.

“The FPD seeks public release of the recordings of testimony to promote compelling public interest; release would not pose a serious threat to the administration of justice,” she wrote in the case.

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In North Carolina, law enforcement officials must apply to the court for permission before footage from law enforcement agencies can be released or shared publicly.

The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is leading the investigation, and no charges have been filed so far. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Hash, who has been in the department since 2005, is now on administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Walker’s family has still not received any details about the autopsy or the preliminary results of the investigation, according to their attorney, Ben Crump.

“We need to stop this vicious circle in America from shooting first and asking questions later when it’s black people. That’s unacceptable,” Crump said Thursday night at a gathering at Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

“I’m telling you brothers and sisters in Fayetteville, North Carolina tonight that it’s right to do that, that we’re telling the truth about what happened to Jason Walker, that we’re fighting for the truth about what happened to Jason Walker. , “said Crump.

Crump added that Hash was an officer who should be trained to protect people, not to take life.

Preliminary study

According to police, a preliminary investigation showed that Walker “ran into traffic and jumped on (the) driving vehicle” driven by the sheriff’s deputy. “The driver of the vehicle shot (Walker) and notified 911,” according to a statement Saturday from Fayetteville police.

“I got a male jump on my vehicle and broke my windshield. I just shot him. He jumped on my vehicle. I just had to shoot him,” Hash told the sender in a nearly four-minute-long 911 call.

The fatal shooting of a man by an off-service sheriff's deputy in North Carolina is under state investigation

“I stopped so I would not hit him and he jumped on my car and started screaming; pulled my windshield wipers off and started hitting my windshield and breaking my windshield. I had my wife and my daughter in my vehicle,” he added. Hash. .

Saturday night, a spectator posted a video that began moments after Walker had been shot.

It shows a man standing near the driver’s side of a red pickup truck while making a call on a cell phone. One person appears to be lifeless and bleeding on the ground next to him, and at least two people appear to be trying to offer help to the person on the ground. Uniformed police officers arrive approximately 45 seconds after the video starts.

On Sunday, Chief Hawkins said an analysis of the vehicle’s so-called “black box” showed that “the vehicle did not affect anything or anyone”, and a windshield wiper had been torn off and used to break the windshield in several places.

“It is important to share some of the confirmed facts in this case with the public to ensure transparency as this investigation progresses,” she said. And added that the weapon that Hash used was not his service weapon.

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