The price of withholding video footage evidence

The price of withholding video footage evidence

An attorney for the family of a Wisconsin resident who was shot and killed by a Polk County sheriff’s deputy in 2018 told Axios this week that the shooting “more likely than not was justified.”

Why it matters: The case drew questions over why video evidence was withheld for more than two years after the shooting.

  • It also cost the county at least $170,000 to settle legal disputes.

Flashback: Polk County sheriff’s officials said Isaiah Hayes robbed a Grinnell Walmart and led law enforcement on two high-speed chases on July 17, 2018.
  • Polk deputy Ryan Phillips shot and killed Hayes as he tried to flee on foot in an Altoona neighborhood, sheriff’s officials said.

  • Hayes was holding a gun at the time of the shooting, according to the sheriff’s officials. Methamphetamine was later found in Hayes’ system, autopsy records show.

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