Video from Aug. 26, 2014, of police in Omaha, Nebraska, fatally shooting a crewman from the TV show “Cops” has finally been released after four years of blocking by the City of Omaha.
The video shows “Cops” cameraman Michael Lee and audio technician Bryce Dion following police into a Wendy’s restaurant where police unleashed a hail of bullets on a robbery suspect, suspect, Cortez Washington, who was also killed during the incident, reports the Omaha World-Herald.
Police thought Washington was armed with a gun during his alleged attempted robbery, but he only had a pellet gun.
Detective Darren Cunningham, Officer Brooks Riley and Officer Jason Wilhelm opened fire on Washington, but also shot Dion, who was wearing a bulletproof vest. He was accidentally hit underneath his armpit.
Dion’s brother has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the City of Omaha, which has been spending taxpayer money for four years to keep the video hidden from the public.
Judge Mark Ashford, who is presiding over the lawsuit, allowed the police video to be released.
(Source: Omaha World-Herald)