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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An investigation by The Associated Press has found that police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard-mounted cameras of officer-involved shootings and other uses of force.
To test the public’s ability to access police video under state open records laws for Sunshine Week, the AP made requests for roughly 20 recent incidents in a dozen states.
The requests were met with denial after denial and failed, so far, to unearth video of a single incident that had not already been made public.
In rejecting or delaying the requests, most law enforcement agencies and prosecutors cited broad exemptions that allow them to keep records of pending investigations secret.
Government watchdog groups say the exemption can be misapplied to hide embarrassing footage from the public.
MOVIE SCENE - SHOOTING
FULTON, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman charged with murder in the fatal shooting of her boyfriend told police they were acting out a movie scene when the gun went off.
Kalesha Marie Peterson of Fulton is charged with second-degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon in the death of David Dalton.
Peterson called 911 Thursday night and officers found Dalton in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head.
Police say Peterson told investigators that the two were watching a movie and drinking when Dalton suggested they play out a movie scene involving a firearm. Police did not identify the movie.
Police say that in addition to drinking, Peterson was taking several prescription medications.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A man accused of dipping his testicles in salsa that a customer ordered online nearly derailed his plea deal with prosecutors when he laughed in court.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 31-year-old Howard Matthew Webb pleaded guilty yesterday to an amended charge of misdemeanor assault/offensive touching. He apparently chuckled after entering his plea and was scolded by Blount County General Sessions Court Judge Robert Headrick.
The judge told Webb the situation is abhorrent and that he found nothing about it cute or funny.
Webb was arrested last month and initially charged with felony adulteration of food. A delivery driver allegedly recorded it and posted a video online, saying it was retribution for an 89-cent tip for an almost 30-minute drive.
News outlets report Webb was sentenced to six months’ probation.
LAX - MEASLES
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Health officials warn that travelers at Los Angeles International Airport may have been exposed to measles last month.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health says a passenger who had a layover at LAX on Feb. 21 was diagnosed with the highly contagious illness.
The department says people who were in Terminal B and Delta Terminal 3 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. that day may have been exposed.
However, there’s no current known risk of measles at the airport.
Measles is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It can remain in the air for up to two hours in an isolated space.
Officials say people who haven’t been vaccinated are the most at risk.
DEFROCKED CATHOLIC PRIEST FOUND DEAD IN VEGAS
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A defrocked Roman Catholic priest from New Jersey has been found dead in his new home in a suburb of Las Vegas.
The Clark County Coroner’s Office said yesterday that 70-year-old John Capparelli was found dead Saturday in his kitchen in Henderson with a gunshot wound to his neck.
Capparelli was one of more than 180 priests named by New Jersey’s five dioceses last month as having credible accusations of sexual abuse against him.
Henderson Police say Capparelli’s body was found Saturday morning after officers conducted a welfare check and said he died of “suspicious circumstances.”
Nicole Charlton with the coroner’s office says the death has been ruled a homicide.
Officer Katrina Rothmeyer declined to say whether police have a suspect or whether someone broke into Capparelli’s home.
CASH SEIZED FROM KRAFT-LINKED MASSAGE PARLOR
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Court records show that nearly $200,000 in cash was seized from the owners of a Florida massage parlor where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft allegedly paid for sexual acts.
Search warrants released yesterday show Jupiter police found the cash in bank safety deposit boxes belonging to two women authorities say owned the spa.
Officers began investigating Orchids of Asia Spa after receiving a tip from a neighboring county sheriff’s office. Surveillance began in November and by January investigators received warrants allowing the secret installation of cameras inside the spa.
Police say Kraft first visited two days later and again the next morning. He is charged with misdemeanor solicitation of prostitution and has pleaded not guilty. About 300 men have been arrested at 10 spas between Palm Beach and Orlando.