Family Claims AG Won’t Hand Over Video Showing Son Shot Dead by Police

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NEWARK — Dashcam video from a 2014 fatal police shooting in Rutherford screened Friday by the state attorney general’s office was “an insult to the family” that revealed little about what actually happened, said the mother and grandmother of the Newark man who was killed.

“If you were going to show us something, show us what happened,” said Cecille Hepburn, whose grandson, Kashad Ashford, 23, was fatally shot after striking a guardrail in Rutherford at the end of a police chase.

The family vowed to continue its fight to get at what really happened, including pursuing other, more revealing tapes that they believe must exist.

A year after the shooting, a state grand jury declined to indict four officers who fired their weapons into the stolen SUV driven by Ashford, which had crashed into a guardrail on a Route 3 overpass, before police said it backed into a patrol car while trying to flee.

Two Lyndhurst officers, a Rutherford officer and a State Police trooper armed with a shotgun fired more than a dozen rounds, according to a report by the Attorney General’s Shooting Response Team, which found that the officers acted legally in the Sept. 16, 2014 incident.

The case prompted a protracted legal battle in which Ashford’s family and local news media sought the release of dashcam videotapes recorded by responding officers, which culminated with a state Supreme Court decision on Wednesday siding with the family.

That decision, written by Chief Justice Stuart Rabner, is what prompted Hepburn and her daughter-in-law, Regina Ashford, Kashad’s mother, to travel to Trenton on Friday to the state Department of Law and Public Safety to view what they thought would be the final moments of his life and just how it ended.

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