Crown family sues sheriff to prevent video release

Aspen Daily News: Survivors of Jim Crown are suing the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office for refusing to determine that its deputies’ body-camera video footage from the fatal automobile crash scene is shielded from the public, according to court filings.

Widow Paula Crown, her five children and a son-in-law filed a complaint last week to have a judge settle a disagreement between the family and the sheriff’s office over the bodycam evidence. 

The thrust of the lawsuit is to prevent the release of 153 photos and videos taken from the bodycams deputies were wearing when they responded to the crash, which occurred at Aspen Motorsports Raceway in Woody Creek on June 25. Crown and his family were celebrating his 70th birthday at the time. 

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