Judge: Release video in Charlotte police shooting of suspect

Excerpt By WRAL. Written By Charlotte Observer

A North Carolina judge ordered the release of video showing a fatal shooting of a black man by a white Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer in 2012, the second time a judge has made such a decision since a new state law required a judge’s approval to release police video.

Mecklenburg County Superior Judge Lisa Bell ruled Monday that the police department must release the body camera footage to The Charlotte Observer (http://bit.ly/2jsp4yl ).

Michael Laney, 28, was killed by police on July 2, 2012. Family and police give conflicting accounts of what happened, and a prosecutor ruled that Officer Anthony Holzhauer was justified in the shooting. Family members said the shooting was unnecessary and officers overreacted.

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