AIKEN, S.C. – A South Carolina newspaper is suing state officials and the city of North Augusta for refusing to release the dashboard camera video of a fatal police shooting.
The lawsuit filed Thursday said the video is public record and has been released to attorneys for officer Justin Craven and the dead driver, Ernest Satterwhite.
The Aiken Standard requested the video in April and was denied. The Associated Press' request for the video seven months earlier was also rejected as both the State Law Enforcement Division and North Augusta said it could jeopardize Craven's trial for discharging a firearm into a vehicle. AP's lawyer Brian Barrett says the news organization plans to join the suit.
Mark Keel is chief of the law enforcement division. He told the AP he released video in other cases because it didn't show enough to affect the trial.