DECATUR, Ala (WHNT) — A representative of the Perkins said the family expected authorities to share the body camera video from the night Stephen Perkins was shot on Tuesday, but officials say the family’s request must go through a process.
Brent Lipscomb, who represents the Perkins Family, told News 19’s Lauren Layton Monday night that The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) is supposed to share the video with the Perkin’s legal team.
“ALEA has a process by which an individual who is the subject of a law enforcement recording, or that individual’s personal representative, may request disclosure of body camera or dash camera video evidence. That process has not yet been completed in this instance,” a spokesperson for ALEA told News 19 on Tuesday.
Lipscomb said he is not sure if the family will also be able to see the video at this time, but said he should be able to release more information Tuesday.
Stephen Perkins was killed by Decatur Police in the early morning hours of September 29th following an incident surrounding a vehicle repossession. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) said Perkins died in a nearby medical facility after he pointed a weapon toward an officer, and the officer shot at him.
The Perkins Family and protesters have called for the body camera footage to be released since Perkin’s death.
Two weeks ago, the family retained national civil rights attorney Lee Merritt to represent them in matters related to Perkins’ death.