The lawyer representing the family of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer who was killed when a gun in actor Alec Baldwin’s hand fired on the set of the movie Rustcriticized the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department for releasing a trove of materials from the investigation of the shooting earlier this week, according to the Los Angeles Timesincluding footage of some of Hutchins’ final moments after she was shot.
Brian Panish, the attorney representing Hutchins’ widower Matthew Hutchins and his son Andros, called on the department to retract the video in a letter sent Wednesday to Sheriff Adan Mendoza, according to the Timessaying the office violated the family’s constitutional rights by releasing the footage without clearing it with them beforehand.
Panish said that the first time Matthew Hutchins saw “the disturbing and unsettling video footage of his dying wife lying on the church floor” was on the gossip site Radar Online.
Panish said that under New Mexico law, victims and their families have the right to review materials before they are publicly released, and said Mendoza gave Matthew Hutchins less than one day to review the massive amount of materials, which included videos, witness interviews and crime scene photos.
Panish wrote that there could be consequences to this video being online, like bullies using the footage of Andros’ dying mother to taunt him.
Forbes has reached out to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Department for comment.