Family and supporters of Kionte Spencer demand unedited police recorded video of 2016 shooting

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 9:21 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - It’s been nearly four and a half years since an officer-involved shooting claimed the life of Kionte Spencer.

His family has kept fighting for answers. They are now pressing for the release of the raw dashcam footage from the night of the shooting.

“Some pieces of the video show my brother as he was followed by police, then suddenly some frames of the video, my brother was just not visible,” said Carl Spencer, during a news conference held at Washington Park Monday afternoon.

According to Carl, blurry pictures and fragments of footage from various dashboard cameras are all he’s ever seen from February 26, 2016, the night his brother was killed by police on Brambleton Avenue.

A review, completed by the U.S. attorney’s office in November 2016, says there was insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against the Roanoke County Police officers involved in the shooting, who were for only a brief time put on leave from the department. The six officers involved were summoned to the area from a 911 call, in which the caller describes Kionte, waving around what appears to be a Glock, and pointing it at drivers.

Many pieces of evidence were also never returned to family.

“The broken toy gun was never recovered, they said he had, never got that, never got the headphones they say he had on, so there’s a couple things the police have kept from us,” said Carl.

So now members of Justice for Kionte, alongside his family, are engaging the office of delegate Sam Rasoul, who announced he will issue a formal request to Attorney General Mark Herring for the full, unedited recording of what transpired.

“This happens in other states; Virginia cannot continue to hide these complicit individuals,” said Rasoul.

According to Rasoul, once the case is labeled closed, Spencer’s estate should have a copy of the footage they’re requesting. The request will be drafted and sent to Herring’s office within the next few days.

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