Editorial: Timely release of video in Denver jail death

From The Denver Post:  Whatever you think of the district attorney’s decision not to prosecute deputies involved in the jail death of inmate Michael Marshall — and we’ll want to reflect on the full video before reaching any firm conclusions ourselves — you’ve got to credit Mayor Michael Hancock’s administration and the DA’s office for putting a priority on getting the investigation done and releasing the video.

They were prodded of course by demands from the family and their supporters, as well as requests by the media, but release of the video was much faster than it had been after the jail death of Marvin Booker several years ago.

In that case, video was not released until eight months after the DA announced he would not bring charges against the deputies. Instead, the city waited for an internal disciplinary investigation by the safety manager.

This time the video was released to the victim’s family the same day as the DA’ s announcement.

Let’s hope this becomes the new normal for any case that spurs legitimate public concern. Investigate the incident as quickly as thoroughness permits and then release relevant video. It’s a new era and the public expects a new level of transparency.

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