Dispute over release of officer shooting video unresolved

Officer Lisa Mearkle

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A court hearing has failed to resolve whether a video showing a Pennsylvania police officer shooting an unarmed man in the back will be made public.

A judge Tuesday rejected a request by the officer’s lawyer to block the video’s release. She said it was premature to issue such an order because prosecutors had not advocated making it public prior to the officer’s trial.

The judge plans to schedule another hearing if prosecutors say they intend to do so.

Prosecutors are asking news outlets that want the video to file open-records requests. They say the dispute is really a matter between news outlets and the court.

Hummelstown Officer Lisa Mearkle is charged with criminal homicide in the February shooting of David Kassick, which was recorded by a stun gun camera.

Mearkle is claiming self-defense. Her lawyer says the video could influence potential jurors.

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