By Cherri Gregg
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia police have released an unprecedented amount of information related to the death of 26-year-old Brandon Tate-Brown, who was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in December in the city’s Mayfair neighborhood. The information comes in response to recommendations by the Department of Justice.READ MORE: Fourth Of July Weekend Weather: Hot, Humid Saturday Afternoon Before Potentially Severe Scattered Storms Move Into Philadelphia Region
The information was released online Tuesday– and includes the names and statements of the officers involved, DNA evidence, as well as murky video of the moment Tate-Brown was shot in the head by police during a traffic stop along the 6700 block of Frankford Avenue.
“It’s a good step forward,” says Brian Mildenberg, who represents Tate-Brown’s family in a lawsuit.
Mildenberg says early police accounts alleged Officer Nicolas Carrelli shot Tate-Brown as he was reaching for a gun inside of his car, but he claims written statements and the video show that Tate-Brown was shot while running near the rear of the vehicle.READ MORE: Gas Prices Continue To Fall In New Jersey, Pennsylvania And Delaware
“The truth is now coming out about the circumstances and the specific facts of the shooting,” he says.
Kelvyn Anderson of the Police Advisory Commission applauds the city’s new-found transparency.
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A city spokesman says police are developing a new protocol for release of information in police deadly shooting cases to increase transparency.