Report: Police Violated Open-Records Law in Russellville Bodycam Case

Jan 23, 2017

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The Kentucky attorney general's office says state police violated the state's open-records law by refusing to turn over a copy of body camera video from the fatal shooting of a suspect by municipal police.

In the opinion Monday, the AG's office sided with Kathy Harris, whose son Joseph Harris was fatally shot by police from the city of Russellville in March.

As is customary, state police investigated the shooting, but refused to turn over the bodycam video, saying it contained "extremely graphic images" that could "irreparably harm" Harris' family and survivors from the shooting spree.

The opinion says Harris' family did not object to the video's release and the shooting of two others was not shown on the video.

The AG's opinions are legally binding in disputes involving Kentucky's open-records law but can be appealed.