In unusual move, hastening to release police shooting video

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut officials’ quick release of videos showing two police officers opening fire on a young unarmed couple last week was highly unusual when compared with police practices around the country.

The body camera and surveillance videos released Tuesday show a Hamden officer and a Yale University officer shooting at the couple’s car in New Haven on April 16. A 22-year-old woman was struck but survived. Video shows the driver trying to get out of the car with his hands up when the shooting began.

State public safety Commissioner James Rovella says the release of the videos before the investigation is complete was unprecedented. He cited the need for transparency.

An Associated Press investigation this year found police departments routinely withhold video taken by body-worn and dashboard cameras.

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