Dec 20, 2010
A King County judge on Thursday ordered the release of a dashboard-camera video from the patrol car of Seattle police Officer Ian Birk, recorded at the time he fatally shot woodcarver John T. Williams.
Williams and Birk can be seen on the video moments before the shooting. But the shooting occurred off camera because of the position of Birk’s patrol car, although audio of the confrontation was recorded.
King County District Judge Arthur Chapman, who has been assigned to oversee an inquest into the shooting, released the previously confidential video during a pre-inquest hearing. He ordered the video to be released at 1 p.m. Friday, giving prosecutors time to contact witnesses who will be called to testify during the inquest.
Addressing concerns that witnesses might be influenced by watching the video, Chapman told Senior Deputy Prosecutor Melinda Young to instruct the witnesses to not view the video on the Internet, television or by other means.
This article was posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 at 5:14 am