Victim's mother looking for police video one year after Phenix City officer-involved shooting

Victim's mother looking for police video one year after Phenix City officer-involved shooting

PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Today marks the one year anniversary of an officer-involved shooting in Phenix City.

On Monday, Pochya Mifflin stared at the grave of her son, Cedric, a year to the day when Cedric was shot and killed by Phenix City police officer Michael Seavers.

"At about 5:30 I think it's really going to hit me because that's when they pronounced him dead…I'm just missing Cedric a whole lot today," said Pochya.

Pochya said there is still one piece missing to what happened on Sunday, May 7, 2017, the dash and police body camera footage from the incident.

"I want to know how his life really ended. I want to see it for myself," says Pochya.

Back in November, Russell County District Attorney Ken Davis says a grand jury did not return an idictment on Officer Seavers, who is back on the job at the department following an administrative leave, according to city officials.

Davis says part of the evidence in the case was the video, which he says shows Mifflin eluding police pursuit after police say Mifflin's loud music got their attention, then noticing a seat belt violation.

An autopsy report shows veteran officer Seavers fired fifteen shots, hitting Cedric eight times after the District Attorney says the video shows Cedric driving towards the officer.

"There's too many unanswered questions. 'Why won't you let us view the body camera, dashboard evidence?'" Pochya said.

News Leader 9 filed a Freedom of Information Act with the Phenix City Police Department but never heard back. When News Leader 9 went to the police department, Chief of Police Ray Smith's secretary said Chief Smith said the video would have to be "subpoenaed."

"I close my eyes on some nights and that's what I see… I see Cedric laying out in a body bag and I as his mother had to say yeah that's Cedric. That's something I'll never, ever get out of my head… never," says Pochya.

Cedric Mifflin's mother said she has not filed a lawsuit, so there should be no pending litigation and the video should be released.

Pochya says Cedric's memory is still well alive a year later among friends and family, ""Overall, he was a very respected young man... everyone adored him. We miss him," says Cedric's mother.

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