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

Instead, what they saw were three video clips of the aftermath of the shooting, recorded by dashcams from officers who arrived later, said Hepburn, Ashford and a civil rights advocate who accompanied them.

“I was expecting to see the killing of my son,” said Ashford, who lives in Newark. “I was expecting to see the chase that put him in harm’s way. The three tapes I’ve seen had nothing to do with that. Nothing at all. I didn’t understand it. I was lost.”

A spokesman for the Attorney General’s office, Peter Aseltine, did not respond to questions Friday afternoon about the videotapes shown to the family earlier that day.

The family said copies of the tapes were not provided to them.

Essentially, Hepburn said, the tapes showed a relatively quiet scene that included “a lot of cops just walking around, talking,” with some audio from police radios.

The audio included lines, “one in custody, one down.” At one point, she said, “One cop hollers, ‘Be careful, the car’s in gear,'” said Hepburn, who lives in Franklin Township in Somerset County. “Somebody asks, ‘Did you fire?’ He said, ‘No. I didn’t fire.’ And there was another who said, ‘One fled, one ran, so I shot.'”

The 2015 attorney general’s report of the incident found that Ashford went lifeless behind the wheel after he was shot, and that the one passenger in the SUV was removed from the vehicle by officers.

That passenger, Jemmaine T. Bynes, 31, of East Orange, reclined his seat and avoided being hit. Bynes was later shot dead in an unrelated incident.

People’s Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence Hamm, a veteran civil rights activist who has monitored several police shootings, said he was as mystified as Ashford’s mother and grandmother by the tapes he and the family were shown.

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