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Attorneys name for entire bodycam from lethal taking pictures as Georgia deputies served warrant

WOODBINE, Ga. – Attorneys representing the family of Latoya James, the woman who was shot while Camden County MPs were serving a drug abuse search warrant in a Woodbine home, called on investigators Wednesday to release all bodycam footage from the incident .

37-year-old James was shot dead in the apartment belonging to her cousin, 46-year-old Varshaun Brown, who was shot dead.

James’ mother, Betty Jean Murphy-James, fought back tears when she spoke about her daughter at the press conference. She said she wanted answers.

“She didn’t deserve this,” said Murphy-James. “She wasn’t a bad person. She was the cutest person you ever wanted to meet and she took her away from me. “

The body camera footage released from the incident shows approximately 3 minutes and 16 seconds out of a total of 3 hours and 43 minutes of footage from a proxy’s camera.

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“We want the video. We want the whole video, ”said Malik Shabazz, attorney representing James’ family. “We will pursue it vigorously.”

The footage shows MPs approaching the house and reporting before knocking on the door. “Sheriff’s Office, search warrant,” says one MP as the authorities enter the house.

A series of gunshots can be heard in the released footage. However, the footage is dark and not much visible as the deputy is holding a sign.

“Why is the only person with a camera the one with the sign so you can’t see what they see? Why is that?” It’s one of the biggest questions we have, ”said Reginald Greene, attorney who also represents James’ family.

A statement released by the GBI mentioned that there was an “exchange of fire” between “Brown and James” and law enforcement agencies. The agency’s statement does not state who fired first.

The lawyers believe that the MPs did not give the houseguests enough time to open the door.

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“The one-body camera shows very quick action, making this search warrant a no-knock warrant,” said Shabazz.

The attorney also said, “This case looks exactly like the Breonna Taylor case.”

Taylor was shot dead by Louisville police during a no-knock warrant raid.

“This was not what we consider a no-knock technical warrant, but what it was, an ineffectively executed warrant that rose to the level of a no-knock warrant,” said Greene.

News4Jax’s crime and security expert Ken Jefferson said that since it was a high risk arrest warrant, MPs had the right to go in without waiting.

“These types of warrants are served with a surprising element,” said Jefferson. “You don’t want them to expect them to come and then go into an ambush.”

The GBI said it would conduct an independent investigation. When completed, it will be returned to the Brunswick Judicial Circuit Law Office for review.

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