ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Lori Hall, the mother of Chase Austin, has filed a petition in Roanoke County Circuit Court for Virginia State Police and Roanoke City Police to release surveillance video showing the death of her son.
Chase Austin was shot and killed by a Roanoke Police Officer on Oct. 16, 2019 after the officer responded to a trespassing call.
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Hall and her attorney filed the petition, saying they want transparency with Chase’s death by making the surveillance video public. Hall’s attorney, Roy Austin, says she has seen the video before, and based on what she saw, she doesn’t believe her son pointed a weapon at the officer before he was shot.
“These things, police killings, which happen, there are about a thousand plus of these a year across America, should never be done in secret. And we’ve seen too many cases, where once the videotape is released, we find that the officer should have never killed the individual,” Austin said.
He said the Roanoke Police and State Police are expected to respond to the petition. Then, a judge will hear it, and they will decide to either hear arguments or approve or deny the request for the video.
The petition reads, “both departments have refused to release, among other things, security camera footage of the incident collected from private businesses.”
The petition also references recent events across the country, mentioning “the deaths of Rayshard Brooks, George Floyd, Eric Garner and numerous others at the hands of police may never have been called into question where it not for the public release of the videos in those incidents.”
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