Tuesday, April 25, the Greensboro Police Department released the police body-worn and dash camera videos of the traffic stop on August 21, 2022, that resulted in a Greensboro police officer, Cpl. M.L. Sletten, fatally shooting Nasanto Crenshaw.
In North Carolina, police body-worn camera videos are not public records and can only be released by a court order from a Superior Court judge. In the case of the Crenshaw shooting, the GPD petitioned the court and received permission to release the body-worn camera videos.
All 104 police body-worn and dash camera videos are now posted on the City of Greensboro YouTube site and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/@CityofGreensboroNC/videos .
Many of those videos are from officers who responded to the site after the shooting had occurred. The video of the traffic stop and the shooting can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB2sxuy7CHY .
Sletten’s body-worn camera video shows Sletten out of his police car when the car driven by Crenshaw accelerates toward him. After Sletten fired several shots, the car veered away and came to a stop a short distance away.
Guilford County District Attorney Avery Crump reviewed the evidence in the case and announced that her office would not criminally charge Sletten.
The letter from Crump to the State Bureau of Investigation states, “Based on the findings presented, it is clear the Cpl. M.L. Sletten discharged his service weapon three times at the vehicle that the decedent was driving, thereby causing his death. After careful review, although tragic, the use of deadly force by Cpl. Sletten under these circumstances was justified by both the common law principles of self-defense and also by the statutory provisions of N.C.G.S. 15A-401(d)(2), which permits the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer to defend himself or another from what he reasonably believes to be imminent use of deadly force.”
Attorneys representing Crenshaw’s family said after reviewing the same videos that they concluded that Sletten should be prosecuted and have asked the Department of Justice to investigate the shooting.