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Community leaders call for release of video in Underground Atlanta police shooting

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Following the fatal officer-involved shooting that took the life of a woman in custody, community leaders in Atlanta are urging investigators to release any and all of video of that incident to the public.

“The media, the public, has a right to know what happened. And unless they see that video, it's going to be difficult for people to understand exactly what went on that day,” said community activist and State Senator Vincent Fort.

“We have to be sure that the rationale for not releasing the tape, that there's an investigation going on, is not just a way to stonewall and wall off the public,” Fort added.

The shooting that killed Alexia Christian took place, according to police, after she was handcuffed and put in the back of a patrol car on April 30. She'd been arrested on suspicion of stealing a vehicle.

According to investigators, Christian managed to fire three shots from the backseat, but did not injure either of the two officers in the front seats. Those officers jumped out and opened fire, shooting 10 times. Christian died from those injuries.

Christian has a long history with Atlanta Police, having been arrested multiple times.

A spokesman for the Atlanta Police Department said they almost never release video during an investigation in cases like this, and they have no plans to this time, either.

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