CHICAGO (CBS) — A federal judge has ordered the release of another video depicting a deadly shooting by Chicago police officers.
U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman said he was “very disturbed” about the way the city suddenly dropped its objections to making the videos public, after as recently as three weeks ago having argued their release could compromise jury selection for the pending trial in a lawsuit filed by 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman’s family.
“I went to a lot of trouble to decide this issue, and then I get this motion last night saying that this is the age of enlightenment with the city and we’re going to be transparent,” said U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman. “I think it’s irresponsible.”
Earlier this week, city lawyers filed a motion with Gettleman to vacate his earlier protective orders preventing the release of the videos.
“With respect to the release of videos of police incidents, the City of Chicago is working to find the right balance between the public’s interest in disclosure and the importance of protecting the integrity of investigations and the judicial process,” said Steve Patton, the city’s top lawyer.