Bodycam footage from Duncan Lemp shooting short on answers

Body camera footage from the scene of the police shooting of Duncan Lemp has been released, but it doesn’t provide many answers.

Judicial Watch, which shared the tapes Tuesday after a dogged pursuit, said that they raise “additional questions” about how a fatal March raid on Lemp’s home unfolded.

Bodycam footage released

Lemp, 21, was shot dead by SWAT officers during an early morning no-knock raid at his Potomac, Maryland home. The officer who shot him was cleared in December after an investigation.

The family says that Lemp was sleeping when he was shot, but the authorities have said that he was killed during a tense standoff after ignoring police commands.

More than seven minutes of footage show police surveying Lemp’s home after the shooting. Police are seen walking through Lemp’s bedroom, where his body is lying on the ground, and make note of several firearms as well as a trip-wired door rigged to a shotgun shell.

“These videos comprise the totality of any body worn camera footage in existence from this event,” an attorney for Montgomery County told Judicial Watch.

There is no video of the shooting itself because the SWAT officers in the department are not required to wear bodycams.

Questions linger

The authorities have been accused of lacking transparency by the family and others following the case, including Judicial Watch and critics at Reason and American Conservative, who say that getting video has been like pulling teeth and that police have given contradictory accounts.

“It took a lawsuit and almost a year to release the after the fact video which revealed a murder scene not preserved, Duncan’s body had been moved and evidence was not in its original location. We must have transparency and truth in policing,” Rene Sandler, an attorney for the family, told Bethesda Beat.

The authorities have said that they conducted the raid because Lemp followed the anti-government boogaloo movement and was suspected to be in possession of illegal weapons.

Judicial Watch said the tapes fail to clear up serious questions about the shooting.

“It shouldn’t have taken a lawsuit and nine months to get these limited videos of the aftermath of the shooting death of Duncan Lemp,” Tom Fitton, the group’s president, said. “The videos may raise additional questions for the public while settling others.”

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