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Sides want Mesa officer's body cam video sealed

Posted: 12:44 PM, Mar 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-28 15:44:42-04

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have filed a joint motion to seal body camera video in the case of a Mesa officer charged with murder.

Both the State of Arizona and lawyers representing officer Phillip Brailsford, accused of second-degree murder in the death of Daniel Shaver, petitioned the court on Friday to keep body camera footage of the shooting sealed.

The State is arguing that, "the state's interest in preserving the integrity of the criminal trial presently outweighs the public's interest in viewing the Axon body camera videos."

Prosecutors charged Brailsford with second-degree murder in Shaver's January shooting death.

On Jan. 18, Shaver was at a La Quinta Inn on a work trip from Texas when police got a call about a man pointing a gun out of his room’s window, according to Mesa police.

Police ordered Shaver out of his room and instructed him to crawl toward them, prosecutors said.

When Shaver reached toward his back, Brailsford shot him five times, killing him, prosecutors said.

The entire incident was captured on the body cameras worn by Brailsford and another officer.

Brailsford’s lawyer previously said that his client was surprised by the charge, believing the shooting was appropriate for the situation.

Mesa police officials confirmed last week that Brailsford has been fired from the department.

Take a look at the interactive timeline below for a full recap of the events surrounding Shaver's death. ( For a fullscreen view, click here )