Lack of Video Footage Clouds Debate Over Bradley’s Police Shooting Death

Kerry Bradley

Law enforcement groups and civil liberty groups agree on this much: Police video is generally a force for good, helping settle disputes over use of force, providing training resources and putting everyone on their best behavior.

Those are among the reasons Waco police have used in-car cameras for some 15 years and are about to buy body-worn cameras for all officers at a technology and staff cost of about $750,000 a year.

But it appears that no one captured official police footage on Aug. 1, when Kerry Demars Bradley died at the hands of officers who had pulled him over to execute a drug search warrant.

Waco Police Department officials said police opened fire on Bradley, 37, after he struck and injured SWAT officer William Graeber with his GMC Yukon.

Police footage could have come in handy in the last three weeks, as family members and protesters have pushed an alternative narrative, accusing police of shooting first and causing a wounded Bradley to lose control of the SUV. The protesters shut down a Waco City Council meeting with chants Tuesday.

The Tribune-Herald filed an open records request Thursday for audio or video footage from the incident, but as of Friday the request had not yielded any information.

City Manager Dale Fisseler said Thursday it is his understanding that the police on the scene were using unmarked cars that did not have in-car cameras.

Police Chief Ryan Holt did not dispute that statement, though he said he did not want to comment on any aspect of the case while Texas Rangers are investigating it. But his explanation of in-car camera video policy suggests the incident likely was not captured on camera.

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