GREENSBORO, N.C. — City council members voted 6 to 2 Monday to publicly release police body camera video of the 2014 deadly officer-involved shooting of Chieu Vo.
Police say Vo charged at former officer Timothy Bloch with a knife and was told to drop the knife several times before the officer fired.
Vo’s family and community members want the video made public.
The family watched the video for the first time last week with their attorney Tim Nguyen.
Nguyen says the shooting was unjustified.
“She wasn’t screaming at him,” Nguyen said. “She wasn’t lunging at him with the knife.”
“The officer only gave a few seconds warning, like ‘drop your weapon, drop your weapon’ and then 1, 2, and then started shooting,” he said.
The family says Vo suffered from bipolar disorder.
Former Greensboro police officer Timothy Bloch spoke against releasing the video at Monday’s work session and says he’s disappointed in the city council’s vote.
“I wasn’t happy with it,” Bloch said. “I wish they heard my side a little more before they voted. Body cameras only show a percentage of what happened.”
Bloch was cleared of any wrongdoing in 2014.
Nguyen says the Vo family wants the public to see what happened for themselves.
“So far, it’s been our word versus the police and Officer Bloch, but now hopefully having the video released to the public, now we can have more people look at the video and determine for themselves what happened,” Nguyen said.
The video is expected to be released later this week.
The vote also adopted a policy, allowing video from police body worn cameras to be released to the public if requested.
The video, first, has to be approved by the city manager.