Uvalde refuses to release body cam footage of the shooting that happened at Robb Elementary. Their lawyers are arguing, “Some of the records relating to the Robb Elementary School shooting could be ‘highly embarrassing,’ involve ‘emotional/mental distress,’ and are ‘not of legitimate concern to the public,’” reports Jason Koebler at Vice.
“It’s not a coincidence journalists run into this problem [of not being able to obtain body camera footage] over and over again. The law is by design, the privacy rules are by design to make it absolutely as difficult as possible to release the information,” Christopher Schneider, a professor of sociology at Brandon University who studies police body cameras said.
“The City of Uvalde and its police department are working with a private law firm to prevent the release of nearly any record related to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in which 19 children and two teachers died, according to a letter obtained by Motherboard in response to a series of public information requests we made. The public records Uvalde is trying to suppress include body camera footage, photos, 911 calls, emails, text messages, criminal records, and more,” reports Koebler.
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