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.
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