Progressive Washington, D.C. lobbyist and attorney Jack Burkman is filing a lawsuit Wednesday to force the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to release information regarding the murder of Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer Seth Rich.
“The release of this crucial material will help bring peace to the victim’s family, and it will help to either confirm or refute the various theories that swirl about this important murder case,” the lawsuit says.
DNC data director Seth Rich 27 also worked on a computer application to help voters locate polling stations. He had accepted a job with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
According to MPD reports, officers patrolling the Bloomingdale neighborhood heard gunshots around 4:20 a.m. on the morning of July 10, 2016. Officers discovered a “conscious and breathing” Rich at 2100 Flagler Place in northwest Washington, D.C.
There were rumors that he was meeting an FBI agent.
The D.C. police have kept information about the case secret and told the press it appears to be a botched robbery. No valuables were taken from Mr. Rich but his watch band was torn. He was shot three times in the back.
The secrecy, the police claim, is to keep the investigation from “playing out in the press”.
Daily Caller News Foundation found that at least three responding officers were wearing body cameras. If he was conscious, what did they say and why can’t we know?
There could be surveillance video and the MPD has a habit of regularly releasing surveillance video in unsolved criminal investigations. They released 12 this week alone but will not acknowledge if there is surveillance tape in this case.
Burkman, who is offering a $105,000 reward in the case, wants to force the police department to release video footage of the murder, along with the medical examiner’s report and ballistic reports related to the weapon used to shoot Rich.
Conservative news station One America News has offered a $250,000 reward.
Burkman is also leading an independent investigation into the murder with volunteers from George Washington University’s Student Association for Forensic Psychology.
The family desperately wants the case solved.