BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A Baton Rouge judge has declined Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s petition to release an officer’s body cam footage during an arrest.
The decision comes just days after the petition requested the body cam footage be made public following cell phone video of the arrest went viral.
Attorney Ron Haley said, although he pushed for it’s release, keeping it behind closed doors is the best option.
“I understand the decision. I’ve had the opportunity to review the four or five different body cameras. Although we wanted to have full transparency and to get this released, however it could not have been done so in a manner to protect the identity of the kids” said Haley.
In a statement, Mayor-President Broome said:
In an effort to keep the lines of communication open with the public, I want to provide an update about the ongoing investigation concerning BRPD and a juvenile member of the community. As you know, an internal affairs investigation was launched and a petition was filed to seek the public release of the body cam footage. At the present moment, the courts have denied the release due to sensitivities concerning the age of the juvenile. The full context of the encounter can only be ascertained when one has seen the full video. Understandably, because a juvenile is involved, the public won’t get that opportunity. This will not stop our efforts to be transparent and accountable throughout the process. It is imperative the public understands that this encounter and its happenings are not limited to what has been published on social media. There is actually a voluminous amount of video and corresponding evidence. As I have said before, I trust Chief Paul and am confident he is conducting an exhaustive investigation of the incident. As your Mayor-President I am committed to truth. My administration works daily to make sure every citizen in our city is heard. This is not the conclusion of this chapter. However, I did not want to end the week without giving everyone an update.Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor-President of East Baton Rouge Parish
Haley said, he hopes the community understands the protection of the other kids involved is just as important as people seeing the video.
“I would hope that my word given as much as I pound the pavement for transparency and accountability would serve to those folks who may question what is on there” said Haley.
BRProud News reached out to the Baton Rouge Police Department for an interview, but they say they’ll remain silent until the investigation is complete