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Kansas City, Missouri — The Leavenworth Police Department released a clip of body camera footage from 2017 fatal police shooting after the former officer’s trial ended in a hung jury. The 52-second clip, partially shows the encounter where former Leavenworth officer Matthew Harrington fatally shot Antonio Garcia Jr. Harrington was fired in January 2018 for a violation of the department’s use of deadly force policy. Later that year, a grand jury indicted Harrington for involuntary manslaughter. But on Wednesday, the jury was unable to reach a verdict in Harrington’s case, and a mistrial was declared. A judge ruled Friday morning that body camera footage from the fatal shooting could be publicly released.
The video was recorded on July 11th, 2017, the day when Matthew Harrington responded to 1708 Rose Street on the report of a stolen car. Police determined there was an argument over the possession of a family vehicle, which led to a domestic dispute. Garcia was involved in the dispute and had left before Harrington arrived. But shortly after, Garcia returned. In one part of the video, the Officer is seen approaching the home and speaking with a family member. Harrington is told about an argument. Shortly after, Harrington is seen walking up to Garcia, sitting in an SUV. Garcia shuts the door on Harrington several times. Harrington is then captured telling Garcia to put a knife down before the SUV begins to drive forward. Garcia does not comply and at one point during the encounter, Harrington fired his duty weapon. A bullet struck and fatally wounded Garcia.
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