The state’s federally recognized watchdog for disabled people’s rights said Tuesday it plans to file a federal lawsuit against Clark County for not releasing video connected to deaths and alleged mistreatment at the county jail.
The group Disability Rights Washington has been investigating deaths at the Clark County Jail along with allegations of abuse and neglect, said David Carlson, Disability Rights Washington’s director of legal advocacy.
The county has agreed to share written records responding to the organization’s requests but would only share video records on the condition Disability Rights Washington would not share them with others, Carlson said Tuesday. The county has said unrestricted release of the videos could threaten the safety of custody officers and inmates.
“The jail videos are different from other records, and unrestricted release of those records exposes guards and inmates to unacceptable risks,” Chris Horne, who as the county’s chief civil deputy prosecutor represents the county in civil litigation, wrote in response to the group’s request.
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