NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An attorney for the family of a New Orleans man shot to death by police in January says a video released Wednesday doesn't clear up whether the man had a weapon.
Family members of Arties Manning, 26, saw the video the day before the New Orleans Police Department made it public.
It is from one officer's body-worn camera and shows a man whom police identified as Manning running with something in his hand moments before the shooting, which was not recorded.
"The video is of low quality and specific images are hard to make out. It remains unclear to us whether Arties was even holding a weapon — we don't think that question is answered by this video," attorney Katie Schwartzmann, with the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Center, said in an email on behalf of the family.
Manning was shot at a New Orleans apartment complex where police say he raised a gun toward Officer Terrance Hilliard, who was dressed in plainclothes while investigating armed robberies. Hilliard, who was not wearing a body camera, has been identified as the officer who shot Manning. He is black, as was Manning.
Police Chief Michael Harrison told reporters Wednesday that results of an internal investigation will be turned over to the district attorney soon.
Schwartzmann said the family had a "very helpful" meeting with Harrison and Deputy Chief Arlinda Westbrook. And she said the family thanks police for enabling them to see the video. But she said questions remain, including whether Hilliard feared for his safety when he shot Manning.