Lawyers for Snukis family start investigation, EPD says they’ve been transparent

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) We have new information about an Evansville law firm’s decision to start its own investigation into the death of a man while in police custody last month.

Lawyers with Danks & Danks, hired by the family of Ed Snukis, are requesting more body camera video from the night he died.

The firm opened an estate on behalf of the Snukis family the first step in the process. No formal lawsuit has been filed. Evansville Police say they’ve been forthcoming with information from that case.

“They want to know how and why their father died,” says Mark Miller of Danks & Danks. He also says despite EPD releasing body cam footage in mid-September of the events leading to Snukis’s death, more should have been made public so his family gets a better sense of what happened. He claims not all footage that was time stamped from all cameras was released.

“You basically have three different body cams, two body cams, one car cam that have been released. You can’t really coordinate what’s happening in one of the body cams with the other two because there is no time stamp,” Miller says.

The body camera footage is one of several things they’re requesting from EPD as part of their own investigation.They’re also waiting for the coroner’s report, and official cause of death. Miller says the family doesn’t have all the answers

The family wants to know why he died. How he died, and we don’t know that at this time. I think there would be a lot of closure for the community and for the family if we could just know why,” he says.

“We came out very quickly and showed body cam footage of this incident to the public, and showed it quite soon after the incident,” says Evansville Police Capt. Andy Chandler. He also says the department’s been transparent about the investigation into Snukis’s death, although some redactions were made as required by state law.

“We released the information that showed the immediate interaction with our officers and Mr. Snukis. So, I think we were very open and transparent about that in a very timely manner,” he says.

The redactions Capt. Chandler referenced include blurring out personal information, such as social security numbers or juvenile’s faces, if they appeared on body camera footage. Miller says there’s no timeline on their next step once this part ends.

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(This story was originally published on November 1, 2019)

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