Video exists of the Antigo school prom shooting incident, but don’t expect to see it. Attorney General Brad Schimel says he’s supportive of open records requests and transparency but there are some things the general public should not see.
“It’s one thing to be monitoring the actions of the law enforcement officer. That’s a different situation. We’re certainly not going to conceal that from someone who wants to be able to examine whether the officer’s actions were reasonable, but we’re not going to put that in a form where it can be put up on the Internet.”
Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller confirmed that investigators will be able to watch some of the event, but declined to say if the video was from a witness, from a police vehicle camera, or from an officer’s body camera. Eighteen-year-old Jakob Wagner was killed by an Antigo officer after he fired a hunting rifle, striking two prom goers leaving the school.
UPDATE: The state Department of Justice further clarified on May 16 that the video will eventually be released at the conclusion of the state’s investigation and a review by the district attorney’s office. A spokesman said it’s standard Department of Justice protocol to make such material available, but not in a searchable manner. Links to the content are typically made available upon request.