Body camera discussion dominates Greensboro City Council meeting

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Advocates for the release of body camera video filled Greensboro City Council chambers Tuesday night.

Many of those advocates came with the family of Chieu Vo, a woman shot and killed by Greensboro police in 2014.

The council meeting coincided with the day the Vo family was permitted to see the body camera video of Chieu's shooting for the first time.

Tin Nguyen, attorney for the Vo family, viewed the video privately with Chieu's family.

"We thought we were going to have answers today," Nguyen said. "But now we are left with a whole bunch of questions."

Vo was shot and killed by a Greensboro police officer in March 2014. According to police accounts, Vo charged at the officer with a knife.

But Nguyen said the video does not support that account.

"After viewing the video, the family strongly believes the video should be made public," he said. "It should be released to keep police accountable."

Mayor Nancy Vaughan stated Tuesday that the Vo video should not be released until a policy is in place for how to handle footage release.

Vaughan said that although some may be proponents of liberal release of body camera video, council members must consider citizens' privacy.

"There has to be some consideration for the privacy of civilians in the tapes if they do not wish to have them released," Vaughan said.

Council agreed to meet May 24 in a closed work session to discuss body camera video policy. Council members plan to vote on the issue at their next meeting.

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