Could leaked footage help ex-cops who arrested Floyd?

Thursday, August 6, 2020
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Chad Groening, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

jury boxVideo footage of George Floyd struggling with Minneapolis police officers has been leaked to the media, revealing what happened to the handcuffed man before he was choked to death, and it comes two months after Minnesota’s attorney general said he was withholding the video evidence from the public.

Much of the public has found ex-Sgt. Derek Chauvin guilty of killing Floyd thanks to footage showing the officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. But a jury that decides if Chauvin killed Floyd, and if three other officers aided in that killing, will likely see the body cam footage from officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.

The footage itself is not a secret: transcripts from the two videos was released in July, and a Hennepin County judge was allowing it to be viewed, in person, at the courthouse. But now a British newspaper, The Daily Mail, obtained and published the two officers’ body cam footage that shows approximately 18 minutes from Kueng’s camera and 10 minutes from Lane’s, Fox News reported.

Activist: It's all about defeating Trump

Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Jesse Lee Peterson isn't surprised that Minnesota's highest-ranking law enforcement official would deliberately withhold a video that could shed a new light on the death of George Floyd.

Peterson

"For [Minnesota Attorney General] Keith Ellison to hide this video, I was not surprised – because these people want to turn America into a socialist/communist society," says the conservative black activist. "And a lot of these radical blacks are in position to do that now."

Peterson, founder and president of The Brotherhood Organization of a New Destiny, contends it's all about making Donald Trump a one-term president.

"They're letting inmates out of the prisons in order to support the Democratic Party – especially this year because this is about getting Donald Trump out of the White House," he argues. "They want him out so they can take over completely – and [if that happens] we will end up living in a socialist/communist society."

According to The Daily Mail's story, which is sympathetic toward Floyd, the footage shows a police officer "terrifying" Floyd by pointing his firearm at him while demanding that Floyd step out of his car. The police officers also cursed at Floyd and "manhandled" him, the newspaper reported. 

Officers responded after a store complained Floyd had tried to pass a fake $20 bill, and the 46-year-old, who was an ex-convict, sobbed and begged as he was handcuffed as the officers tried to secure the scene. 

In a June 4 interview with The Washington Post regarding the then-unseen footage, Attorney General Keith Ellison told a reporter he is a “firm believer in transparency” and the public’s right to know.

“But a higher priority for me is a successful prosecution,” he continued. “I am reluctant to do anything that would undermine the prosecution of this case.” 

Ellison further advised he planned to consult with lead investigators about when to release the footage but “safeguard the prosecution” of Chauvin and the three other police officers.

J. Christian Adams, a former U.S. Justice Department attorney, says the highest priority for a prosecutor should be justice, not winning the case. 

“Keith Ellison doesn't seem to understand that,” Adams says. “That's why he hid this information because it's exculpatory.”

In legal terms, “exculpatory” means evidence that could help a defendant fight prosecution. In the case of Floyd’s fateful death, that means the three officers charged with aiding and abetting unintentional second-degree and third-degree murder. The video footage shows Floyd refusing to get in a police SUV during the arrest and insisting he was claustrophobic. 

The officers are also recorded asking each other if he was high on drugs, and an autopsy report showed fentalyl and methamphetamine in his system.

An attorney for Lane, in fact, has cited the video footage as grounds to dismiss the charges against him. 

Adams

According to Adams, the video evidence showing Floyd was not cooperating before he was pinned to the ground will likely help the officers.

“How much it helps him is open to the mind of the jury,” he adds. “It's certainly not going to hurt the defendant."

“Does that mean they're not guilty? I don't know. That's for a jury to decide,” Adams observes. “But a prosecutor has an ethical duty to do justice, not just to win convictions, and [Ellison] does not seem to be following that obligation."


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