Court Rules City Can Release Body-Worn Camera Footage
Upon the request of Greensboro Police Chief Wayne Scott, Guilford County Superior Court Judge Susan Bray ruled he may release the body-worn camera footage of the Greensboro Police Department’s involvement with Marcus Deon Smith on September 8, 2018.
The City continues to review the initial findings of the Medical Examiner’s report. Chief Scott has elected to modify the application of the RIPP Hobble device used to restrain individuals, while police continue to review the use of this method of restraint.
The compilation of the body-worn camera footage with narration from Chief Scott is available below, as is the remaining body-worn camera footage from all involved officers. Greensboro City Council members have viewed footage in small groups.
Body-Worn Camera Video Footage
City Files Petition to Release Body-Worn Camera Footage
GREENSBORO, NC (November 30, 2018) – The City of Greensboro is in the process of filing a petition with the Guilford County Superior Court requesting the release of body-worn camera footage of the Greensboro Police Department’s involvement with Marcus Deon Smith on September 8, 2018.
Due to the multitude of factors that led to tragic circumstances for Mr. Smith, detailed in the NC Department of Health and Human Services Medical Examiner report, the City of Greensboro believes there is a compelling public interest to share the video.
As previously stated, per Greensboro Police Department protocol, the State Bureau of Investigation was contacted immediately following the incident in September to conduct an independent investigation. Additional details will be provided after the court’s ruling has been finalized.