A man is suing a Brooklyn Park police officer for shooting him more than a year ago, and about four minutes of dash cam video might help prove whether the police or this man's side of the story is more accurate. However his attorney says that video is nowhere to be found.
It was a Valentine's Day party at a Brooklyn Park banquet hall that turned into a fight. The police responded, one officer shooting Shoua Yang three times. A massive scar and criminal charges against him would follow. The complaint said officers saw three men run into a car, yelling at them to stop and talk, but that the driver put the car in reverse, driving toward Officer Jason Chadbourne at a high speed. That's when he fired multiple times.
Last month, a jury acquitted Yang on all charges. The other side of the story in a new lawsuit against the officer is that Yang never knew the police were even there on the dark, snowy night and was just pulling out to leave. Attorney Bob Bennett filed suit against the officer.
"We don't let hunters shoot at game they can't identify. The same should be for police officers. You fire at three individuals in a car without being able to see what they're doing, where they are, or whether they pose any danger to you at all," he said.
Dashcam video may answer some of those questions, and the lawsuit says the camera had three hours of recordings, just not the crucial four minutes needed to complete the story.
According to the lawsuit, "Chadbourne shut the squad's camera and his microphone off at some point," although it later turned back on. The suit says "Brooklyn Park police policy mandates […] officers utilize the devices to record all stops and contacts with the public."
Other departments told Fox 9 that lights and sirens automatically trigger the cameras, but on this night, the officer kept the lights off.
The Brooklyn Park police said they can't comment on ongoing lawsuits and said they'd provide their dashcam policy manual, but we have not yet received it. The officer who pulled the trigger remains an employee there.