Family of Brendon Glenn Calls for Release of Video of His Death

Family of Brendon Glenn Calls for Release of Video of His Death
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The family of Brendon Glenn will soon ask the city of Los Angeles to release surveillance video of the police shooting that resulted in his death.

Glenn, a 29-year-old homeless man from upstate New York, was killed on May 5 in Venice. L.A. Police Chief Charlie Beck has said the shooting did not appear to be justified, and recommended that charges be filed against the officer, Clifford Proctor.

Meanwhile, LAPD has refused to release video of the shooting. Civil rights leaders called a press conference on Thursday to demand that the video be made public.

Mayor Eric Garcetti was asked about the video in an appearance on KNX on Thursday, and cited concern for the victim's privacy as a reason for withholding it.

"Sometimes you have victims where you don’t (want) to be releasing a video where — even if there is an officer-involved shooting — if there was a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault, we have to provide privacy, too,” he told the station.

However, Jim DeSimone, the attorney for Glenn's family, said the family will soon request that the video be made public.

"Our clients want justice. They want accountability," DeSimone said. "They feel that less secrecy achieves that goal."

DeSimone had not seen the video but said he expected it will eventually be turned over in discovery once the family files suit against the city. He said no one from the city has contacted him to find out whether the family objects to releasing the video to the public.

"I’m sure the release of the video would be devastating to the mom," DeSimone said. "Nevertheless, she wants justice and she feels release of the video would achieve justice."

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Connie Llanos, Garcetti's spokeswoman, said that Garcetti was "making a broad statement about privacy concerns" and was not referring exclusively to the Glenn case.

"The Glenn OIS video is evidence in an active criminal investigation currently being reviewed by the DA for filing," Llanos said.

Asked if Garcetti has seen the video, Llanos said he has been briefed on it several times.


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