KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) – Days after an officer was announced in the fatal shooting case, the Leavenworth Police Department released full-body camera video of the incident.
Police officer Matthew Harrington has been indicted in the 2017 fatal shooting of Antonio Garcia.
WARNING: Video of the deadly shooting graphic in nature.
The most intriguing part of the video is the final 28 seconds leading up to Garcia’s death.
In the video, Harrington is seen approaching Garcia.
“So what’s going on human?”
The video was recorded on July 11, 2017, the day Matthew Harrington was first called to the Garcia home. In part of the video, Officers are seen approaching the home and talking to a family member. Harrington is told of an argument.
“All I know is that if he comes back they’ll probably have the problem again,” the family member said in the video.
Soon after, Harrington was seen walking up to Garcia, sitting in an SUV.
“What’s going on, buddy?” Harrington said.
“My wife and I are having a disagreement,” Garcia said, quickly closing the door for the officer.
Garcia closed Harrington several times. Garcia was also warned by Harrington to remove a knife he saw holding and get out of the car. Garcia disobeyed and it ended in a deadly barrage of guns.
“I have concluded that the release of the officer-involved Shooting videos of Former Officers Mathew Harrington and Antonio Garcia, Jr. is in the public interest,” said Sheriff Patrick Kitchens of the Leavenworth Police Department.
“It was a decision made by the city and the sheriff and I respect the sheriff,” said Todd Thompson, Leavenworth County District Attorney.
Usually, the introduction of any evidence is never beneficial to a case, Thompson said.
“I trust our justice system, I trust our community, and I trust our citizens, and I trust we will be able to find the person called in,” Thompson said. jury selection process.
Antonio’s widow Heather Garcia released the following statement through her attorney following the release of the video.
“Mrs. Garcia appreciates that the sneaky video of the night her husband was negligently killed has finally been made public. However, she remains deeply troubled by the lack of transparency by the police and other agents. prosecutor during this ordeal.As the public can see, it is hard to imagine how anyone could conclude that Officer Harrington’s actions were justified and that she remains committed to seeking justice for Antonio She asks for understanding as she and her family continue to try and heal after this tragic loss.
Now that the public will see some of the key evidence in the case, Thompson reminded that the case isn’t over yet.
“It’s a pending case and Mr Harrington remains innocent until proven guilty and he hasn’t been proven either way,” Thompson said.
The district attorney also said he is reevaluating whether he should seek another trial.
“We spent a lot of time preparing and having a trial, that’s something we had to weigh with what the jury decided.”
Garcia’s family filed a false claim, which was settled by the city for $1 million.
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