Attorneys argued before a Maricopa County Superior Court judge over whether authorities must release pre-trial a police video of the encounter between a Texas man and the Mesa police officer who shot him. The hearing was the latest in a widely watched legal fight over the court-sealed footage. The officer faces a second-degree murder charge.

The Arizona Republic, the Associated Press, and several local media companies and national network affiliates filed an objection to the seal, stating that some of the footage is public record unless attorneys can prove an “overriding public interest in concealing the videos from the public.”

David Bodney, who leads Ballard Spahr’s Media Law Group, is representing The Arizona Republic and other media organizations. He argued that the public has a right to review public records promptly and that the court-ordered seal has hampered the public’s right to monitor law enforcement.

“The people have a right to see what happened,” Mr. Bodney said.

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