Florida court clears way to release school shooting video

Posted at 3:40 PM, Aug 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 15:40:00-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Supreme Court has cleared the way for the release of exterior surveillance video showing law enforcement's response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

The court on Wednesday declined to review a lower court's decision to release the video from the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 people. No timetable for that release has been set.

The Broward County school board sought to block disclosure of the video as sought by media organizations including The Associated Press. The school board contended releasing the video might reveal security blind spots at the school. Prosecutors also opposed release because it could be evidence in a criminal case.

Nineteen-year-old Nikolas Cruz faces the death penalty if convicted of the mass shooting. His lawyers say he would plead guilty in exchange for a life prison sentence.

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