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It comes after he submitted several requests on behalf of a client, but he said they were ignored.
“Our public records officials need to be more accountable,” Phillips said.
He said his client, Hunter Shutt, was arrested April 16 for driving with a suspended license.
According to the attorney, Shutt was confronted by an inmate over use of a jail telephone.
The attack left him with a concussion, facial fractures and jaw displacement. He ultimately had to have his jaw wired shut.
After his release April 17, Shutt went to Baptist Hospital where he was admitted and kept for days.
On April 25, the attorney’s office began submitting public records requests to JSO.
Phillips said on May 23, nearly a month later after the initial request, he received a call from a man with JSO’s records department.
He claims he was told the video responsive to his request had been deleted because JSO didn’t “get to it” within 30 days.
“This video would’ve answered so many questions. The failure to preserve it within 30 days and it just happened to get recorded over, only begs more questions,” Phillips said.
Phillips said his office feels there’s been a spoliation, or destruction, of evidence.
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