ACLU sues for access to squad video in Philando Castile shooting

Scene of the shooting
Investigators mark the vehicle that Philando Castile was in when he was shot and killed by a St. Anthony police officer in Falcon Heights on July 6, 2016.
Christopher Juhn for MPR News File

The Minnesota chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit demanding the release of squad car video in the July 6 shooting of Philando Castile.

Castile died after a St. Anthony police officer shot him during a traffic stop. Video of the shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live online by Castile's girlfriend, who claimed Castile was shot after he told the officer he was armed and had a permit to carry.

Authorities have said they have squad car video. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension hasn't released it, citing the ongoing investigation.

The ACLU says authorities' refusal to release the video violates the state data practices act. The ACLU says squad car video is presumed to be public and should have been released immediately.

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