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GRAMA request for release of video footage of Abdi Mohamed shooting by SLCPD

12 May 2016 Published in Legal Advocacy

On May 12, 2016, The ACLU of Utah and First Amendment attorney David Reymann of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless submitted an official request that video footage of the shooting of Abdi Mohamed by the Salt Lake City Police Department (SLCPD) be released to the public under Utah’s Government Records Access & Management Act (GRAMA).

In mid-June, 2016, after several weeks of discussion with the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office to clarify aspects of our information request, the ACLU of Utah received an official notification that some, but not all, of the information requested would be provided under GRAMA. You can read more here about what information was released at that time. Most pertinently, officer body camera footage of the shooting incident was not released, nor was footage from security cameras in the area.

On July 7, 2016, we filed our official appeal regarding the information that was not made public. The ACLU of Utah and cooperating attorney David Reymann of Parr Brown Gee & Loveless maintain our stance that all information about this critical incident, which has generated strong public interest and concern, should be released as requested.