SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that video footage of a fatal shooting of a man by a San Diego police officer in the Midway District can be released by the victim's family, but delayed action on the decision for a week to allow for appeals.
In his eight-page ruling, U.S. District Judge William Q. Hayes said there was no longer good cause for a protective order, which kept the video
from being released to the public.
The judge's ruling came in a lawsuit filed by the family of 42-year-old Fridoon Nehad, who was shot by Officer Neal Browder last April 30. Browder was responding to a call about a man threatening people with a knife.
Nehad was shot as he advanced on the officer, twirling a shiny object that turned out to be a metallic pen, authorities said.
The video footage in question came from a security camera from a nearby business and was confiscated by police as part of the investigation.
Last month, District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis ruled the shooting was legal, but refused to release the video.
Attorneys for the Nehad family got the video when they sued, but had to agree not to release it. The family said the video shows that Nehad was not a
threat to Browder and wants it made public.
A coalition of media organizations went to court to ask the judge to lift the protective order, which was opposed by the city of San Diego and lawyers for the officer.
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