Local media outlets have filed a motion in Maricopa County Superior Court to protest a court order sealing body-cam video of a police shooting in Mesa.

An injunction against releasing the video came at the request of the Maricopa County Attorney's Office and a defense attorney for Philip "Mitch" Brailsford. Brailsford is a former Mesa police officer charged with murder in the January shooting of an unarmed Texas man, Daniel Shaver.

The media’s motion, filed by attorney David Bodney, asks for release of a redacted version of the videos, rejecting the logic in having them sealed.

"Here, even if there were not gaps or inconsistent statements in the written police reports, they do not begin to resolve the public's legitimate concerns with respect to the manner in which law enforcement responded to allegedly suspicious behavior," Bodney wrote.


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