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Morning Briefing: First Release Of L.A. Sheriff’s Department’s Body Cam Footage Is Promised

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Newly elected Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva was sworn in Monday, Dec. 3.
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In the first test of its newly-deployed body cameras, the L.A. Sheriff’s Department will release footage from the camera worn by the deputy who fatally shot Fred Williams III last Friday afternoon.

Williams, who was 25, was killed in Willowbrook. According to the department, he was at Mona Park when the deputies’ patrol car drove by. The department claims the deputies spotted Williams holding a gun and alleges he ran after seeing the deputies.

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Following a chase into a nearby yard, the department says the deputy started shooting because Williams was "pointing his firearm at him." A family spokesman counters that Williams was trying to climb a wall to escape when he was shot.

Those shots struck Williams, ending his life. We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Policing Law Enforcement: The L.A. Sheriff’s Department will release body cam video of a deputy's fatal shooting of Fred Williams III in Willowbrook.


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