Judge To Rule On Release Of Video In Neville Case

Judge To Rule On Release Of Video In Neville Case

10:05am Jul 30, 2020
Black Live Matter protesters in front of the Forsyth County Government Center, Tuesday, July 30th. DAVID FORD/WFDD

A North Carolina judge will decide whether the body camera footage capturing the death of John Neville will be seen by the public.

This comes following weeks of protests demanding the footage be released.

In December, the 56-year-old was detained in the Forsyth County Jail, but his subsequent death wasn’t publicly announced for seven months. County officials say an autopsy revealed Neville died from complications of being restrained at the jail. 

An investigation led to charges against five detention officers and a nurse earlier this month.

Fox8 News reports that a superior court judge heard arguments on Wednesday from a lawyer representing a group of media outlets seeking the release of the footage.

And Neville’s family, who originally did not want the video to be seen by the public, now supports the release, saying it could provide context for those who choose to protest.

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