Community leaders see body camera footage of shot woman
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office confirmed to KSHB 41 News that community members viewed body camera video of the May 27 incident in which Kansas City, Missouri, police shot a woman outside a Family Dollar on E. 6th Street and Prospect Avenue.
Although the DA’s office did not confirm the identities of all of the community leaders present, Damon Daniel of the Ad Hoc Crime Task Force confirmed to KSHB that he was present.
Damon said showing the video to community stakeholders helps with transparency in situations like these.
“I think this is an important step towards creating more transparency with the community,” Daniel said.
Leonna Hale, 26, the woman who was shot dead by police, was billed Wednesday with illegal possession of a firearm, illegal use of a weapon while displaying in a threatening manner and resisting lawful possession.
She was released from an area hospital on Friday afternoon and placed in the Jackson County Detention Center.
KCPD officers told investigators that Hale pointed a gun at them before shooting him.
A photo released by the Jackson County District Attorney’s Office shows Hale holding a gun.
Daniel said the video he saw matched the posted image.
“The video also showed what the still image showed,” Daniel said. “Basically what I saw was a woman with a gun.”
He added that he believed the charges against Hale were correct after watching the video.
“We have to trust the process and hold those in charge of the process accountable and make sure there is more transparency,” Daniel said.
He would not say whether the officers’ conduct was justified.
“It’s up to the courts or the inquiry to decide on that,” Daniel said.
Despite the accusations, Hale supporters gathered on Wednesday to call for change as they lamented that the standoff was ending in violence rather than peace.
“We don’t care whether or not she did what they said she did. She didn’t deserve to be shot,” a supporter previously said KSHB 41.