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Dash cam video released, officer cleared in 2012 fatal shooting

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The Travis County DA's Office released video of a deadly shooting with an Austin Police officer after a grand jury cleared the officer of any wrong doing.

The shooting happened in a southeast Austin Motel parking lot September 25, 2012.

The man driving the SUV, Maurice Paladino, was shot at 6 times. He had stolen the vehicle from a south Austin dealership a few hours earlier.

After the incident APD Chief Art Acevedo voiced his support for Officer Brandon Blanch.

"We shot at the driver of a car that was in the progress of committing a felony in terms of his aggravated assault or attempted murder of a peace officer by driving that vehicle, that vehicle is a weapon," Acevedo said.

A Travis County grand jury has agreed with that assessment, refusing to indict Blanch for taking Paladino's life.

Friday morning Civil Rights Attorney Jim Harrington reviewed the tape with FOX 7.

"He doesn't need to shoot him," Harrington said.

For Harrington justified doesn't mean necessary.

"We have too much use of deadly force for minimal violations of the law, and this really needs to come to end," Harrington said.

Harrington is troubled by how Officer Blanch and his partner Officer Chris Anderson arrived on the scene.

He questions their tactics that night.

"Yeah I think you should look at this video as actually very bad training, and very bad supervision on the streets, that these officers put themselves in harm's way, I mean, why would you get in front of a car that going to drive away, and then that's deflected so the guy turns right, then why does the other officer get in front of it, I'm mean what do you think the result is going to be?" Harrington said. "But it is something that goes on, year after year after year, after year and you wonder about the willingness of the police chief and the city to actually change these procedures so we can minimize these deaths at the hands of officers."

Harrington is now waiting to see if his concerns will be addressed by the internal police review.

The grand jury heard more than seven hours of testimony from eight witnesses, including two members of Paladino's family.

Officers Blanch and Anderson are still on the police force working the streets.

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