Dispute over release of police shooting video unresolved

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 22, 2015 3:49 AM

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(Harrisburg) -- A court hearing has failed to resolve whether a video showing a Hummelstown police officer shooting an unarmed man in the back will be made public.. 

A judge has rejected a request by the officer's lawyer to block the video's release.

Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas Judge Deborah Curcillo says it was premature to issue such an order because prosecutors had not advocated making it public prior to the officer's trial. 

The judge plans to schedule another hearing if prosecutors say they intend to do so.  

Prosecutors in the county's District Attorney's Office are asking news outlets that want the video to file open-records requests.

They say the dispute is really a matter between news outlets and the court.

Hummelstown Officer Lisa Mearkle is charged with criminal homicide in the February shooting of David Kassick, which was recorded by a stun gun camera. 

Mearkle is claiming self-defense.

Her lawyer says the video could influence potential jurors.  

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