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911 Tape of Police Shooting Ruled Public Record

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The South Carolina Supreme Court said the tapes of a 911 call made during a fatal police shooting were public record and should have been disclosed, despite a city of North Charleston claim they were evidence in a separate criminal trial. The Charleston Post and Courier sought the tape after a prosecutor said it convinced him not to charge police, who shot and killed a man holding four others at gunpoint in a video store. A store clerk witnessing the incident made the 911 call. (4/6/05)