Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Standard-Examiner: Video Shows Chaotic Scene at Fatal Raid, Shooting - Updated

Sodden Question: Where are the helmet cam videos?

In connection with the 1/4/12 Ogden shootout incident, the Standard-Examiner provides this morning a Scott Schwebke story and a pair of videos "obtained Monday by the Standard-Examiner through a state public records request [which] shows the chaotic scene Ogden law officers encountered when they arrived at 8:42 p.m. outside the home of Matthew David Stewart, 3268 Jackson Ave":
Unfortunately these videos add little probative value to the facts of the case, inasmuch as they're shot from a police car dash cam parked down the street from defendant Michael Stewart's home. The display of these videos in fact raises additional questions which Mr. Schwebke leaves entirely unanswered:
  1. The Standard reports that these videos were produced in response to a GRAMA request. Did the Standard request all crime scene videos?
  2. Did the Standard specifically request helmet cam videos? If not, why not?
  3. Assuming the S-E request broadly included merely a general demand for all videos, where are the helmet cam videos?
  4. Assuming helmet cam videos do exist, did government authorities specifically deny the S-E's request for this important documentary evidence? If not, why not?
  5. Do helmet cam videos exist at all? If not, why not? Mr. Schwebke offers no information whatsoever on this important question.
So many questions... so few answers...

Update 4/10/12 10:30 p.m.: The Standard is now carrying a new story, along with a video, showing the suspect, Matthew Stewart, being removed from the crime scene and transported to the hospital:
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