Family seeks body-camera footage in fatal police shooting

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Posted: Jun 08, 2016 6:18 AM

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The family of man shot and killed by Norfolk police last week is calling for the release of body-camera footage of the shooting.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1OcXq6i ) reports that relatives of 43-year-old Willie D. James said during a news conference outside city hall Tuesday that they want to see the evidence backing the police account of what happened during the incident.

Police Chief Michael Goldsmith says officers opened fire at a home last Thursday when James lunged at them with a knife.

The police department is conducting an internal investigation.

Police have refused to make the video public. Goldsmith said Friday it was too early in the investigation to consider doing so.

James' death was this year's fifth fatal shooting by police in the city.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com