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Attorney sounds off on SPD body camera video

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Attorney Frank Cikutovich has seen the body camera video Spokane Police posted Wednesday of his client's actions on August 1. That client is Cory Counts. Cikutovich says he's shocked the video is on Facebook.

"It surprises me they're going to litigate this case on a Facebook page and put quippy things like #patienceisavirtue or #phoneafriend when this isn’t a funny situation," Cikutovich said. "This is someone’s life, somebody clearly having a bad day."

Spokane Police Officer Teresa Fuller defended the post, and did not think it crossed the line.

"Our intent was to talk about the patience of the officer," said Fuller. "This officer, Sgt. Kannberg demonstrated an inordinate amount of patience with this gentleman, and that’s what we really wanted to showcase."

We asked both about whether the post is legal. Here are there responses:

"I know it violates state law and the police cant do that. I have no idea why they’d do that other than to shame him, and they’ve accomplished that," said Cikutovich.

"Our attorneys have said there is no law specifc to body camera video at this time. That law specifically addresses dash cam video," said Fuller. "We basically go by the guidelines on the Public Records Act. If it’s disclosible by Public Records Act, it’s disclosible as far as body camera goes. That’s things like if you were arrested and it’s in a public area, all of those things, which this fit."

Watch the video HERE: https://www.facebook.com/SpokanePD/?fref=nf

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