Jason Walker Death: Bodycam Footage in NC Police Shooting to Be Released

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North Carolina judge James Ammons Jr. has ordered the release of the body camera footage from the aftermath of the off-duty police shooting that killed Jason Walker. 

WARNING: This story contains discussions of a shooting involving a police officer. 

The bodycam tapes of the three Fayetteville Police Department officers who responded to the scene after Jason Walker was shot and killed by Deputy Jeffrey Hash have been ordered by a North Carolina judge to be released, per CNN

Hash was off duty when he killed Walker on January 8, alleging the 37-year-old had jumped on his truck.  

RELATED: North Carolina Police Officer Accidentally Shoots Son, 15, in Head 

Fayetteville Police Chief Gina Hawkins asked the court for authorization to disclose the recordings “to advance compelling public interest,” saying they contained statements from three witnesses and would not pose a major threat to the fair administration of justice. 

Hawkins previously stated “an adult male ran into traffic and jumped on a moving vehicle” just before “the driver of the vehicle shot the male subject and notified 911,” but Walker’s family has not received any details of the autopsy or findings, according to prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump. 

“We got to stop this vicious cycle in America of shoot first and ask questions later when it’s Black people. It’s unacceptable,” said Crump, per CNN.  

He added, “…it is the right thing to do, that we speak up for the truth of what happened to Jason Walker, that we fight for the truth of what happened to Jason Walker.” 

CNN reported Hash told the 911 dispatcher “I just had to shoot him” after Walker walked in front of his car moments before jumping on it and breaking his windshield. 

“I stopped so I wouldn’t hit him and he jumped on my car and started screaming; pulled my windshield wipers off, and started beating my windshield and broke my windshield,” he said. “I had my wife and my daughter in my vehicle.” 

RELATED: Ben Crump Spearheading Federal Lawsuit Against DCFS in Illinois 

Hash has since been placed on administrative leave as the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation conducts an investigation. His lawyer, Parrish Daughtry, contends the shooting was self-defense, citing a North Carolina statute that “involves claims of self-defense, defense of others, and defense of vehicles.”

If you or someone you know is struggling from trauma triggered by shootings involving police officers, resources are available here.

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