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Video of fatal police shooting in Gardena released. When and why should videos be public?




A still from a 2013 video of a fatal police-involved shooting in Gardena, CA. On July 14th, a federal judge ordered the video made public despite protests from the city.
A still from a 2013 video of a fatal police-involved shooting in Gardena, CA. On July 14th, a federal judge ordered the video made public despite protests from the city.
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A startling video of an officer-involved shooting in Gardena has been released by a federal judge.

It captured a 2013 incident when Ricardo Diaz Zeferino and two others were stopped on the street by officers who suspected them of stealing a bike.

In the grainy video, officers yell for the men to keep their hands up in the air, but Diaz Zeferino appears confused and drops his arms repeatedly. 

It's when he takes off his baseball cap that officers open fire, killing him and wounding another.

AP video

Gardena kept that video sealed for two years until a federal judge ordered its release yesterday.

Missy O'Linn was the attorney representing both the city of Gardena and the officers involved. She joins Take Two for the city's reaction to the decision.

Peter Scheer, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, also explains how the debate is ramping up over police records and when they can be sealed.

EVENT: The Crawford Family Forum hosts "Pulling back the blue curtain: When should we have access to police records?" on Thursday, July 16th at 7p. Click here for more info and a free RSVP