Steven Myers

Barber County judge rules on body camera case

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BARBER COUNTY, Kan. (KAKE) -

Police body cameras are supposed to clear up questions, especially when deadly force is used. But the Barber County Sheriff's Office has refused to release footage surrounding the deadly confrontation with a man earlier this summer. 

In a packed courtroom, a Barber County judge cleared the way for a hearing that will decide if police body camera footage will be released, showing what happened the night deputies confronted and killed Stephen Myers. His widow calls it a small win.

"A better knowledge of the government trying to cover things up. They should allow us to view those videos," said Kristina Myers. "They should allow the public to view those videos - that's what they're for." 

During the hearing, the Barber County sheriff's attorney argued it was not required to provide copies of the video to her, and that she had been given many opportunities to view the recordings.

Both the sheriff's office and the KBI investigated the shooting, but the Myers family attorney told the judge he wants this video made public to prove what really happened. 

Kristina Myers will have her day in court later this month, when the next hearing is scheduled.

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