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A body camera worn by an NYPD officer A body camera worn by an NYPD officer. (Photo: CBS)

A state appeals court has ruled that almost fully unredacted police officer body-camera footage linked to the fatal shooting of a mentally ill woman must be turned over by the New York City police despite city objections, in order to meet the “significant countervailing public interest” of “promot[ing] better outcomes in mental health crises.”

The Appellate Division, First Department court ruled that state Freedom of Information Law requests made in 2018 and 2019 by the New York Lawyers for the Public Interest for unredacted video from cameras worn by officers during the September 2018 shooting of Queens resident Susan Muller, who reportedly was well known to city services to be mentally ill, must be turned over to NYLPI.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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