Judge Rules For KCRA in Privacy Lawsuit Over Slain Sheriff’s Dashcam Footage

By Kevin Eck 

A Yolo County, CA, judge denied claims by a victims’ advocacy group that KCRA violated the privacy of slain Yolo County Sheriff’s deputy Tony Diaz’s family when it aired the dashcam video showing his shooting, reports The Sacramento Bee. Find a link to the video after the jump.

Nina Salarno Ashford, the Crime Victims United attorney representing the deputy’s family, maintained the Yolo courts gave the Sacramento NBC affiliate the video without the Diaz family’s knowledge and the station then aired portions of the video not used in court, thus violating the family’s privacy.

Salarno Ashford argued for a protective order stopping viewing of the dashboard camera video that captured the shooting, citing privacy provisions in what is known as Marsy’s Law that are designed to protect the privacy of crime victims and their families.

However, Superior Court Judge Paul Richardson, citing a California court statute with prejudice, ruled court records are public unless deemed confidential.

Terry Francke of Californians Aware, an organization focused on the public’s rights, told The Bee, “I think the ruling was correct. The documentation taken by a government agency is a matter of public record, especially in the matter of a court proceeding.”

Click here to view the KCRA story and dashcam video.