Concord Monitor: Judge considers whether to release ‘violent, bloody’ video of police shooting in Bath

A judge has delayed a decision on whether to release video footage of the police killing of a Canterbury man last month, saying he needs time to review it and consider pleas from those involved, including the man’s ex-wife, who fears broadcasting the recordings will do “irreparable” harm to his two surviving children.

The footage was expected to be released Wednesday, but it was withheld pending a last-minute petition by the family, which cited the graphic nature of the videos. The recordings, taken from two Haverhill officers’ body cameras, reportedly show them shooting 42-year-old Hagen Esty-Lennon as he rushed toward them with a knife.

The attorney general’s office said last week that the videos cleared the officers of wrongdoing. Several media outlets have requested the footage through the state’s right-to-know law, and one – the Valley News (the Monitor ’s sister paper) sent an attorney to Concord on Thursday to argue in favor of release.

For the complete story, please visit the Concord Monitor’s website. 

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