Investigators looking into the fatal police shooting of a Milwaukee man say there are two officer body cameras with footage of the incident. But that footage will not be released until the investigation has run its course.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel addressed reporters Monday morning with an update on the investigation.
According to Schimel, releasing the video at this time will compromise the investigation, and they are still collecting information.
"I must reiterate the call for patience," Schimel said.
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Schimel is cautioning the public that the body cameras will not tell the whole story.
"I can tell you now viewing the body camera videos will not answer all of your questions," said Schimel.
There are many questions about the body camera videos. What do they show? What will they tell us?
Schimel offered no specifics, but says investigators are looking at them closely.
"It moves very quickly. It's not easy to see everything until you slow it down."
We know from Chief Edward Flynn the video shows a brief foot chase before the shooting. Flynn said the suspect, Sylville Smith, was armed when he turned toward the officer. It all unfolds within 30 seconds. The autopsy shows smith was shot in the chest and arm.
The body camera is attached at the shooting officer's eye level, but Schimel says it doesn't show everything.
"More than the narrow alley that you see from a video," said Schimel, "but the officer is seeing 180 degrees he's got his peripheral vision. He's got concerns, there is a second individual that is there. All those other factors that a body camera doesn't pick up are necessary part of understanding the big picture."
Missing from the big picture is about 30 seconds of audio from the body camera video. That is the result of the camera technology and when it was activated by the officer.
"There is a period in which there is no audio and that is difficult," said Schimel. "It would be better to be able to hear."
Schimel says all three officers have been interviewed at least once. He says they have not been shown the video as the investigation continues. The AG says releasing the videos now would compromise the investigation.
"In the end the pubic needs to have confidence that the process was an effective search for the truth."
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