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3 Knoxville Police officers involved in Austin-East incident support release of unedited bodycam footage

The Bosch Law Firm will represent Lieutenant Stanley Cash, Officer Brian Baldwin and Officer Jonathon Clabough in the incident.
Published: Apr. 16, 2021 at 10:56 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Three of the four officers involved in the shooting incident at Austin-East High School have called for the body camera footage to be released, according to the officers’ attorney.

The Bosch Law Firm will represent Lieutenant Stanley Cash, Officer Brian Baldwin and Officer Jonathon Clabough in the incident.

“In an effort to accurately inform the public, all three officers fully support the release of all unedited body camera footage related to this incident,” the Bosch Law Firm released in a statement. “As Mayor Indya Kincannon has publically expressed, she, along with these officers, agree that the public interest in best served by the immediate release of these videos.”

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation confirmed 17-year-old Anthony Thompson Jr. was killed during Monday’s incident.

According to TBI, after receiving reports of a possibly armed student Monday afternoon, Knoxville Police located the student inside a school restroom. TBI officials said officers ordered the student out, but he refused to comply. According to TBI, a struggle ensued between officers and Thompson Jr., during which the student’s gun was fired. Law enforcement responded by firing their weapons twice.

Officials with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation originally reported Thompson fired shots that hit the officer. During their investigation, TBI revealed preliminary examinations indicate the bullet that struck Officer Willson was not fired from the student’s handgun.

The firm said all officers are cooperating with the investigation and “look forward to a prompt official disclosure and resolution of this difficult matter.”

On Friday, Knoxville Police Chief Eve Thomas also called for the release of the footage and stated, “the community deserves it,” along with Mayor Indya Kincannon.

District Attorney General Charme Allen said her priority is to “protect the criminal potential integrity of the case” and that the footage will be released “at the appropriate time.”

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