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August 8, 2017

I-Team: Judge sides with city, orders jail beating tape withheld from public view

The Buffalo News sued the city last year to force release of the tape. 7 Eyewitness News joined the lawsuit Wednesday, arguing disclosure of tapes showing misconduct in a city jail – funded by taxpayers -- is of significant interest to the public.

"It's certainly a matter of public concern," said Mickey Osterreicher, attorney for 7 Eyewitness News. "When there is that type of activity that occurs in a place where people may potentially find themselves for whatever reason -- and there's surveillance video of it -- in order for the public to be better informed, they need to be able to see the best evidence possible."

Joseph Finnerty, attorney for The News, added: "Every day of delay is a further infringement on the rights of the public and the media to view this video."

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