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SAPD cuts timeline for releasing shooting videos to 30 days

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department has reduce its timeline for releasing videos of police shootings in half — from 60 days down to 30.

However, it’s nonetheless longer than another massive Texas police departments, and even the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.

The change to the “critical incident information release” coverage, which additionally contains different officer use of drive that lead to critical damage or dying, was quietly instituted on Monday and is mirrored within the SAPD general manual posted online.

The division coverage nonetheless permits Chief William McManus to delay the discharge of video or audio recordings, although he’s supposed to clarify his reasoning for doing so inside the similar timeline.

It was not instantly clear what prompted the change in timeline. An SAPD spokeswoman mentioned nobody was obtainable for interviews Friday after KSAT made a number of requests through electronic mail.

However, videos of a number of latest incidents have been launched far inside the earlier 60-day timeline.

Video of the March 14 shooting of Kevin Johnson was launched 18 days later, on April 1. Community members, together with Johnson’s household had known as for it to be launched within the days after he was killed.

SAPD then launched videos of each the May 27 shooting of Japeth Perea and May 28 shooting of Roger Flores on May 28 on Jun. 15 – 18 and 19 days later, respectively.

And whereas state legislation bars police from releasing shooting video involving juveniles, the household of Andre “AJ” Hernandez, 13, was ready to privately view video of the Jun. 3 shooting inside 11 days.

Still, different legislation enforcement companies have insurance policies to flip video over extra shortly than SAPD.

The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office had agreed to a extra stringent, 10-day turnaround in February on the insistence of county commissioners.

Bexar County workers’s analysis, shared in (*30*), discovered quite a few different companies had faster turnarounds than SAPD’s 60-day coverage.

While county workers reported on the time that Houston Police had a 30-day turnaround, additionally they discovered the Austin Police Department had a 10-business day coverage, and Dallas Police had a 72-hour turnaround.

Research Bexar County workers introduced to commissioners in (*30*) 2021 throughout a push to institute a 10-day video launch coverage

Act 4 SA Executive Director Ananda Tomas, who helped name for BCSO to undertake its 10-day video launch coverage, mentioned Friday she thought SAPD’s coverage change was signal the division is listening to the general public.

However, she thinks they’ll do extra.

“I’m optimistic that if we as a community keep pushing and city council joins along with us, that we can make this even shorter. Ten business days, right, is enough that I think to turn out this body camera footage, because we’ve seen it happen time and time and time again,” Tomas mentioned.

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