Iowa Supreme Court rules family can seek video of 2015 police shooting

Emily Parkin

The attorney for the family of a woman killed by Burlington police in 2015 can continue his quest for video and audio records of the incident, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Adam Klein, representing the family of Autumn Steele, had sought various records from the Burlington Police Department and other law enforcement agencies. Steele, 34, died Jan. 6, 2015, after a Burlington police officer responding to a domestic dispute tried to shoot the family’s dog as it bit him, but missed and hit her instead. The officer was not criminally charged.

Burlington Police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation refused to provide the requested records, citing an Iowa law exempting “peace officers’ investigative reports” from disclosure. Klein then filed a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board.

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