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March 30, 2011
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Many oppose viewing dash cam of Fla officers' deaths

The defense is against the release, because they say it would hinder the possibility of Morris getting a fair trial

By PoliceOne Staff

TAMPA, Fla. — One of the most significant pieces of evidence against Dontae Morris is dash-cam video taken from the squad car of Tampa police officer Dave Curtis the day he and officer Jeff Kocab were killed.

Police say the video shows the murder of the two officers. Because it’s evidence, Florida law requires prosecutors to share it with defense attorneys.

“Once the defense sees it it’s open to the public,” said attorney John Fitzgibbons. “In theory, anybody can view what is produced.

Defense attorneys argued against the release, because they say it would hinder the possibility of Morris getting a fair trial.

Police Chief Jane Castro also opposed the release, but for different reasons.

“The release of the dash-cam video will bring back many emotions for Dave and Jeff’s families, our officers, and me. We see no public value in anyone viewing this video outside a jury.”

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