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N.C Court Upholds Gag Order on Police Bodycam Case

Says public officials can be prevented from discussing police video with constituents.

RALEIGH, N.C.—The North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a gag order imposed by a Superior Court judge allowing Charlotte City Council members to view police bodycam video, but not allowed to talk about the videos publicly, according to The Charlotte Observer.

The case involved the Greensboro City Council, which attempted to lift a gag order on council members that would have allowed them to discuss police bodycam footage with the general public. A Guilford County Superior Court judge imposed the gag order in 2018 and the Court of Appeals, in an opinion issued this week, agreed with the judge. 

That gag order was challenged by the Charlotte City Council earlier this year after the local press requested police footage regarding the fatal shooting of Danquirs Franklin by a Charlotte-Mecklenberg police officer. 

The Charlotte Observer has the story