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Board, Prosecutors Challenge Release of More Stoneman Douglas Video

By Tribune News Service — May 08, 2018 1 min read
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Prosecutors are joining the Broward County school board in moving to block the public release of footage captured by security cameras outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., during the shootings that killed 17.

Broward Circuit Judge Jeffrey R. Levenson authorized the public release of additional video on April 18, giving the district two weeks to review the footage and determine whether to appeal.

The board did not object to the release in March of footage that focused on now-retired Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the school resource officer who stayed outside the building while the shooting was going on. But lawyers for the board argued in court that the other video will expose the limits of the cameras on campus and weaken school security. And the Broward state attorney’s office said that the video records are the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, which makes them exempt from public release.

A version of this article appeared in the May 09, 2018 edition of Education Week as Board, Prosecutors Challenge Release of More Stoneman Douglas Video

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