Houston mayor to release police shooting video footage

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston’s mayor is set to release video footage from a police shooting in which officers killed a black man earlier this month.

Mayor Sylvester Turner says it’s part of an effort to preserve community safety in the wake of recent shootings of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Turner and acting Houston Police Chief Martha Montalvo plan to release body camera footage and surveillance video during a Thursday news conference.

Turner says he’s making the video public to dispute claims on social media that 38-year-old Alva Braziel didn’t have a gun when he was fatally shot.

The mayor delayed the release by a day to give Braziel’s family a chance to see the footage first.

An attorney for Braziel’s family didn’t immediately return a call for comment Thursday.