DA: Madison police shooting of Dana Fletcher was justified

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - The Madison County District Attorney said Friday the shooting death of Dana  Fletcher by Madison police was justified.

DA Robert Broussard said a review of evidence in the case, including surveillance video from businesses and police body cameras, indicated that police actions were justified and it wouldn't be taken to a grand jury.

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"The evidence in this case is crystal clear," Broussard said. "It really is. Most of that is because of technology."

Fletcher, 39, was shot and killed in the parking lot of Planet Fitness on Highway 72 Oct. 27, after police were called there to investigate a call about a man and woman recording and asking people in the gym questions.

Madison County Sheriff's Office investigators said Fletcher had a gun and pointed it at officers before he was shot.

Fletcher's family has asked for Madison police to release body camera footage of the incident. Their attorney, Ben Crump, has said the shooting was unjustifiable.

The city of Madison issued a release after the DA's news conference stating the body camera video would not be released because attorneys for Fletcher's family have publicly said they intend to sue over the shooting.

According to the release, the city plans to conduct its own review of the incident. The officers involved are still on administrative leave while that review takes place.

Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio Romanucci issued a statement Friday evening applauding officials for releasing evidence from the investigation, but they continued to call for all body camera video to be released.

"The ability of the public to observe firsthand the actions of officers is essential to establishing and maintaining trust of law enforcement among the citizens they are sworn to protect," the statement read.

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