ACLU calls for probe of fatal police shooting of Va. woman

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia is calling for an independent investigation of the fatal shooting by police of a woman inside her Henrico home.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Saturday the organization is also asking for the release of footage from cameras worn by officers.

Henrico County Police Chief Humberto Cardounel on Thursday said an officer shot and killed 57-year-old Gay Plack after forcing entry into her locked bedroom and finding her wielding an ax.

Officers were performing a doctor-requested welfare check. Plack’s family has said she’d struggled with bipolar disorder.

ACLU spokesman Bill Farrar says Tuesday’s shooting “is one of the most serious types of police-involved incidents that can occur.”

The newspaper reports police have withheld the names of the involved officers and the video from their cameras.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.richmond.com

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