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“I hear and feel the frustration, pain and anguish” Mayor Kincannon speaks out on releasing body cam footage of Austin-East officer-involved shooting

The mayor said she will continue to push for “transparency and communication” throughout the duration of the investigation.
Published: Apr. 14, 2021 at 7:11 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 14, 2021 at 7:20 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon spoke out on social media Wednesday evening following a protest outside of a Knox County Board of Education meeting where members of the community demanded Knoxville Police to release body camera footage of the moments an Austin-East Magnet High School was shot and killed by police Monday.

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The mayor spoke out after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released additional details surrounding the incident that concluded the KPD officer was not shot by the student identified as 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr.

“I hear and feel the frustration, pain and anguish as we grapple with the tragic shooting inside Austin-East High School. I support releasing any incident videos to the media & public as soon as it is legally allowed. I am committed to transparency and hope that a greater understanding of the circumstances of this tragedy will help our city heal,” Kincannon said in a Tweet.

The mayor went on to say she has requested that District Attorney General Charme Allen allow the city to release the body camera footage of the incident, but “General Allen respectfully declined release of the video at this time. General Allen explained that she made this decision in order to maintain the integrity of the on-going investigation and to protect the constitutional rights of anyone who might be charged as a result of this investigation.”

The mayor said she will continue to push for “transparency and communication” throughout the duration of the investigation.

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