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San Diego DA: video of police shootings will be public




Police body cameras are seen on a mannequin at an exhibit booth by manufacturer Wolfcom at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, on Oct. 26.
Police body cameras are seen on a mannequin at an exhibit booth by manufacturer Wolfcom at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago, on Oct. 26.
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Over the weekend, police in Long Beach shot and killed a man after a caller described him as holding an Uzi in the street. The suspect turned out to have a pellet-gun replica.

It's the kind of deadly incident that video could potentially shed more light on. But the rules on how and when the public has access to police video is still being worked out.

In San Diego, the District Attorney has decided to make most videos of officer-involved shootings available to the public, marking a reversal from long-standing policy.

DA Bonnie Dumanis made the announcement last Friday and said that unless the officer is to be charged with a crime, her office will release video to the public.

For more, we're joined by Greg Moran, staff writer for the investigative team at the San Diego Union Tribune.