Local media presented thier case on Friday asking Superior Court Judge Brad Long on Friday to unseal the videos, which purportedly show the events surrounding the shooting of Courtland Smith, who was shot and killed by 29-year-old Archdale police officer Jeremy Paul Flinchum during a traffic stop August 23.
Assistant DA Andy Gregson argued that the video wasn't public record and should remain under seal, claiming that "releasing the video could taint a jury in a criminal trial" and could affect witness testimony.
CP will withhold the "I told you so" for now, but it sounds like officer Flinchum is in some deep shit, since I doubt anyone is thinking about charging Courtland Smith.
I'm still holding to the notion that Smith was unarmed and gunned down for no reason other than the Barney want to be, was amped up and on an adrenalin high, while making a felony traffic stop.
September 30, 2009
A Randolph County Judge has denied a motion made by media outlets to unseal the video of slain UNC student Courtland Smith’s shooting.
Amanda Martin, partner in the law firm Everett, Gaskins, Hancock, and Stevens LLP, and who represents WRAL News, The Associated Press and The Daily Tar Heel, says she was disappointed that the video was not released.
On Tuesday, Randolph County Superior Court Judge Brad Long said the police dashboard video from the night of Smith’s shooting did not show Smith being shot.
Last month Smith, a UNC junior, died at High Point Regional Medical Center. The Archdale police report says Officer Jeremy Paul Flinchum fired four shots in rapid succession after a “confrontation ensued.” Smith had been shot twice in the abdomen, and once each in the arm and leg.
Smith was shot less than a minute after being pulled over, and whether or not he did have a gun or whether a confrontation did ensue have not been made clear through the released audio tape.
Martin says there was not a precedent set regarding police dashboard video as public record.
No charges against the Flinchum have been filed, but both he and the other responding officer have been on paid leave since the August 23rd shooting. Should Gregson decide to not press charges against Flinchum, the video will be immediately released. Long ruled that releasing the video would jeopardize the investigation, an investigation that the SBI has not yet completed. Long has allowed the release of the unedited copy of the 911 call Smith made before being pulled over.