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Attorney representing teen in use-of-force case wants access to video of incident


Adam Wagner

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC ( -- A Wilmington civil rights attorney is representing a 16-year-old at the center of an incident that has a Wilmington Police Department corporal on leave, and she's asking for immediate access to any video showing what occurred.

In a letter dated June 12 to WPD Chief Ralph Evangelous, Katy Parker said she had been retained by the family of Tyrell Rivers.

"In particular, however, the request seeks immediate production of a copy of any official or unofficial in-car camera video and/or audio recordings related in any manner to the arrest of Tyrell Rivers on April 4, 2014," Parker wrote. "Such video is not exempted from disclosure under the Public Records Act."

After a June 5 request from the StarNews, a WPD spokeswoman said the audio and video were not available for release to the public because of ongoing internal affairs and N.C. State Bureau of Investigation probes into the incident.

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