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NC judge blocks release of police shooting video

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Mecklenburg County judge has blocked the release of a video showing the shooting death of an unarmed man by a police officer.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/1arb5Bz) that Thursday's ruling by Superior Court Judge Richard Boner means it's up to Senior Deputy Attorney General James Coman as to when or if the public sees the footage,

The court order overrides a state law that gives Charlotte City Manager Ron Carlee authority to release the video if needed to maintain public confidence. City attorneys say neither Carlee nor police had plans to release the video.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Officer Randall Kerrick is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the September death of 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell, a former Florida A&M football player. The video is considered a vital piece of evidence in the case.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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