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


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

Judge James Ammons Jr. has ordered the release of body camera 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 show the videos, which she said contained statements from three witnesses.

“The FPD calls for the public disclosure of the tapes of witness statements in order to promote the compelling public interest, the disclosure would not create a serious threat to the fair administration of justice,” she wrote in the file.

In North Carolina, law enforcement officials must seek permission from the court before the recordings of law enforcement agencies can be released or shared publicly.

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

Walker’s family have yet to receive details of the autopsy or preliminary investigation findings, according to their attorney, Ben Crump.

“We have to stop this vicious cycle in America of shooting first and asking questions later when it comes to black people. This is unacceptable,” Crump said Thursday evening at a church rally. Good Hope Baptist Missionary in Fayetteville.

“I tell you, brothers and sisters of Fayetteville, North Carolina tonight, that it is the right thing to do, that we stand up for the truth about what happened to Jason Walker, that we are fighting for the truth about what happened to Jason Walker, “Crump says.

Crump added that Hash was an officer who was supposed to be trained to protect people, not kill.

Preliminary investigation

Police say a preliminary investigation showed Walker “hit traffic and jumped on (the) moving vehicle” the deputy sheriff was driving. “The driver of the vehicle shot (Walker) and called 911,” a statement from Fayetteville police said on Saturday.

“I made a man jump on my vehicle and smash my windshield. I just shot him. He jumped on my vehicle. I just had to shoot him,” Hash told the dispatcher on a call. to 911 for almost four minutes.

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

“I stopped to not hit him and he jumped on my car and started screaming; I took off my wipers, and started hitting my windshield and smashing my windshield. J ‘had my wife and daughter in my vehicle, ”Hash added. .

On Saturday night, a passerby posted a video which began moments after Walker was shot.

It shows a man standing near the driver’s side of a red van 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 assistance to the person on the ground. Uniformed police arrive approximately 45 seconds after the video begins.

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

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

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