New Bieber Police Videos Released, But Not All Of Them
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MIAMI BEACH (CBSMiami) – The public can now see additional video of Justin Bieber taken inside the Miami Beach police station following his January arrest.
A Miami-Dade judge ruled Tuesday that three of five video clips can be released but the remaining two must be redacted.
CBS4 News, The Miami Herald and other media outlets went to court asking the video being released under Florida’s open records law.
Judge Bill Altfield ruled the police video clips will be made public with sensitive portions blacked out to protect the singer’s privacy.
The video released Wednesday shows Bieber being escorted by police to a jail cell inside the police station where he submits a urine sample. The actual video of him giving the urine sample is being redacted to “shade or blacken” out images of his private parts and has not been released yet. Other video released Wednesday shows Bieber walking around, sitting in a chair, talking to his pal and fellow arrestee Khalil Sharieff, all while a police officer stands nearby.
The video is part of several hours of video captured by surveillance cameras inside the Miami Beach Police Department’s jail, where Bieber was held after his arrest on DUI charges on January 23.
Bieber, 20, was arrested after officers said he was drag racing a Lamborghini on a residential road in South Beach. He admitted to smoking marijuana and taking prescription pain killers, according to police.
Last week, more than 10 hours of police station videos were released by prosecutors, including clips of the troubled singer wobbling while walking a white line during a sobriety test inside the police station.
Several photographs taken by police of Bieber showing his tattoos were given to the media Tuesday.
Florida’s open records law gives the news media full access to documents, photographs and video collected by police unless there is a compelling reason to keep them private.
A status hearing is set for March 11 in Bieber’s DUI case, which also includes a charge of resisting arrest without violence and driving with an expired license.