WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - One week after signing the District’s police reform bill following protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Metropolitan Police Department released body camera footage from deadly incidents involving police in the city on Friday.
Three videos have been released so far. A fourth has been withheld the request of the families of the deceased.
Bowser was reluctant to sign the legislation before revisions – saying she had strong reservations about some of the unintended consequences of releasing such video.
Under the new law, the District is required to release the videos – along with the names of the involved officers – by Aug. 15.
The legislation also included banning the use of chemicals and rubber bullets against protesters.
Up until Friday, the families of the three separate victims have been in an ongoing dispute with the mayor’s office and MPD pleading for the release of the footage.
“The videos themselves are what they are which is to say, they resolve some questions that people may have but they don’t resolve others," said Kevin Donahue, the deputy mayor for Public Safety and Justice.
Although there had been a push for police to release the videos, the family of Marqueese Alston and the lawyers representing them claim that what was released today is edited, and instead, they say they want the full raw footage of the whole incident released.
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