Black Lives Matter group: Apology to family of man who died

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Black Lives Matter sign (Photo: Tony Webster / CC BY-SA 2.0)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — A Black Lives Matter chapter in North Carolina has apologized to the family of a Black man who died last year for demanding the release of jail and body camera footage leading up to his death.

Black Lives Matter Winston-Salem made the apology Thursday on Facebook.

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The group says they want to honor the dignity of John Neville.

Prosecutors say Neville died in December due to a brain injury after he was placed face down and restrained by officers in a manner that made him unable to breathe.

John Neville (Photo: Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office)

The family had previously opposed the video’s release, but said in a statement through their attorneys this week that they now want it released.