WFAE's Lisa Worf discusses the videos with Morning Edition host Marshall Terry.
Video from Officer Bell's dash camera:
Video of two CMPD officers fatally shooting an 18-year-old last June seems to corroborate the officers' accounts. Police stopped Smith on North Tryon after he shot someone in the ankle on a CATS bus. CMPD released the video Thursday after a judge issued an order for police to do so. The body and dash cam video is the first to be released under a new state law that requires requests for police video to go through court.
A judge has agreed to allow the public release of body and dash cam footage from the fatal CMPD shooting of Rodney Smith last June. It appears this would be the first police video released under a new state law that requires a court order to make such footage public.
Two CMPD officers who shot and killed an 18-year-old man in June will not face criminal prosecution. The Mecklenburg County District Attorney says officers Michael Bell and Garret Tryon were justified in using deadly force against Rodney Smith. Part of the evidence that helped prosecutors come to that decision was video from one of the officers body camera.