ATLANTA (AP) — Police plan to release surveillance video of a deadly police shooting outside the Atlanta Public Safety annex.
Atlanta police spokeswoman Elizabeth Espy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/2lOYqnW ) that video in the shooting death of Deaundre Phillips is expected to be released on Feb. 24.
Authorities have said an officer shot and killed Phillips on Jan. 26 when the 24-year-old man tried to flee in a car while another officer was partially inside of it. The officers weren’t injured.
The name of one of the officers involved in the shooting was released late Wednesday. That officer, 11-year veteran Yasim Adbulahad, was assigned to the department’s Gun Reduction Task Force at the time of the shooting.
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The shooting remains under investigation. Espy says interviews of officers and witnesses are expected to be complete by Feb. 24.
Phillips’ relatives and their attorney, Chris Stewart, have viewed the tape, according to police. Stewart has accused police of concocting a false narrative to frame his client.
“After watching this video for themselves, Deaundre’s family feels even more strongly that justice will prevail in this case,” Stewart said Thursday in an emailed statement, adding the family is relieved that police have decided to release the video.
Police have said two plainclothes officers approached Phillips in his car after smelling marijuana apparently coming from the vehicle. Phillips exited the car to talk to the officers but lunged back in and tried to drive away while one of the officers was inside the passenger side, police said.
Stewart has said Phillips had accompanied a friend picking up documents at the annex. The friend told investigators that Phillips was asleep in the driver’s seat when he went inside.