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Judge orders video of courthouse police shooting released

November 30, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A judge is ordering a video of a fatal police shooting inside a federal courthouse to be made public, though he’s delaying the release to allow for appeal.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Cleary decided Wednesday a version of the video pixelated to obscure identities should be released to media organizations including The Associated Press. He delayed the release until Dec. 13.

The footage shows a U.S. Marshall shooting a defendant who lunged at a witness in a 2014 gang-related racketing trial. The Department of Justice wanted it kept under seal due to safety concerns, but the media coalition argues it’s a public record in an important police use-of-force case.

Media attorney David Reyman says the ruling is a vindication of the public’s right to know. Federal attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment.

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