SHREVEPORT — Months of waiting will end with dramatic flair Thursday when the Shreveport City Council offers a public viewing of video from the arrests of actors Josh Brolin and Jeffery Wright and other "W." crew members.
But be prepared: The recordings could include six to seven hours from Shreveport police dashboard and back seat cameras and audio from police uniform microphones — without Hollywood editing.
"We'll just get it out in the open," said Councilwoman Joyce Bowman, who Tuesday suggested the public showing during a hastily called meeting of the council's public safety committee. "Anyone who wants to can come watch it." (Meantime, Shreveport authorities released the recordings to the media Tuesday, the same day the case against Brolin and the other six was resolved with each getting district attorney's probation.
Mayor Cedric Glover and police Chief Henry Whitehorn defended police actions after viewing and listening to the recordings.
The mayor continually has said rumors of police brutality are unfounded. Officers used a Taser and pepper spray during the arrests.