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

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

Judge James Ammons Jr. has ordered the release of body camera videos of three Fayetteville police officers who responded to the scene where Walker was shot.

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins has asked the court for permission to release the videos, which she said contain the statements of three witnesses.

“The PFLD seeks public release of recordings of witness statements to further the urgent public interest, and the release will not pose a serious threat to the fair administration of justice,” she wrote in the lawsuit.

In North Carolina, law enforcement officials must petition the court for permission before law enforcement agency recordings are released or shared publicly.

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

The Walker family has yet to receive any details of the autopsy or the initial findings of the investigation, according to their attorney Ben Crump.

“We have to stop this vicious circle in America of shooting first and asking questions later when they are black. This is unacceptable,” Crump said Thursday evening at a meeting at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Fayetteville.

“I’m telling you brothers and sisters in Fayetteville, North Carolina tonight, it’s the right thing to do, to talk about the truth of what happened to Jason Walker, and that we are fighting for the truth of what happened to Jason Walker,” Crump said.

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

Initial investigation

According to police, an initial investigation showed that Walker “rammed into traffic and jumped on the moving (car)” the deputy mayor was driving. “The driver of the vehicle shot (Walker) and reported 911,” a Fayetteville police statement said.

“A guy jumped on my car and broke my windshield. I just shot him. He jumped on my car. I just had to shoot him,” Hash told the dispatcher on a 911 phone call that took about four minutes.

The fatal shooting of a man by an off-duty deputy sheriff in North Carolina is under official investigation

Hashish added, “I stopped so I wouldn’t hit him and he jumped on my car and started screaming; he removed the windshield wipers, and he started hitting my windshield and breaking my windshield. I had my wife and daughter in my car.” .

On Saturday evening, a bystander posted a video that began moments after Walker was shot.

It shows a man standing near the driver’s side of a red pickup truck while on a mobile phone call. There seemed to be a lifeless and bleeding person on the ground beside him, and at least two people seemed to be trying to offer help to the person on the ground. Uniformed police officers arrive about 45 seconds after the video starts.

President Hawkins said Sunday that an analysis of the car’s so-called “black box” showed that “the car did not hit anything or anyone,” and that the windshield wiper had been torn and used to break 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 continues,” she said. He added that the weapon that weed used was not his service weapon.

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