Why the Delay in Releasing Police Tapes?

2020 August 5
by bc3b

It’s been more than two months since George Floyd’s death, which ignited protests, rioting and looting across the country. Biased coverage by CNN and other media outlets poured gasoline on the fire. The leftist media, as it always does when facts don’t fit its narrative, has suppressed many facts surrounding the case:

  • George Floyd’s record as a career criminal
  • Floyd was breaking the law by trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes
  • Floyd’s medical condition
  • Floyd was high on drugs at the time of his arrest
  • Floyd was uncooperative and resisted arrest

But, in this case it goes beyond the US media, which refuses to investigate when it fears it might uncover facts that run contrary to its leftist narrative.

The Daily Mail, a British publication, obtained a police video from two of the officer’s bodycams showing just how difficult Floyd was to deal with following his arrest. Suspicion is that Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison. who is personally handling the case may be the one responsible for the suppression of the bodycam videos.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner later determined that Floyd had trace amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamines in his system at the time of the arrest.

Nationwide protests erupted in the aftermath of Floyd’s death that culminated in weeks of violent rioting tearing apart minority communities across the country. Some parts of the country, such as Portland, have seen continued protests throughout the rest of the summer as the nation grapples with a new cultural revolution. The rioting quickly became about far more than Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody.

Parker Beauregard at American Thinker writes:

Those of us that care about actual justice can only view the newly leaked arrest video of George Floyd in one way: damning to the media narrative.

A viewing of the video reveals that the events leading up to Floyd’s unfortunate, entirely avoidable death are not as they initially seemed, and its release is nothing short of tossing a massive wrench into the agenda-driven gears of media and political discourse.  The four officers might well be guilty of something, but the current second-degree charge of murder is not one of them.  The political overreach in the case will cause nothing short of absolute chaos when the verdict is read.

In the immediate aftermath of the Floyd incident this past May, Minnesota’s top lawman, an activist first and Democrat attorney general second by the name of Keith Ellison, recommended a third-degree murder charge for Derek Chauvin and the three assisting officers.  Under Minnesota statute, third-degree murder would include an action that is “without intent to effect the death of any person” yet “causes the death of another by perpetrating an act eminently dangerous to others and evincing a depraved mind, without regard for human life.”

Taking the route of unintentional murder seemed appropriate, given that a routine interaction culminated in the presumably accidental death of an offender in custody.  We didn’t know all of the facts, but there was near unanimity that something bad had happened and that a legal consequence seemed, at the very least, legitimate.

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Hat tip: dailymail.com, The Federalist and American Thinker

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20 Responses leave one →
  1. 2020 August 5 8:29 am
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    bc3b permalink

    It was a blogger who discovered that Nathan Phillips not only never served in Vietnam, but also received a general (rather than honorable) discharge from the Marines.

    CNN has dozens of staffers, but refuses to do any investigative journalism when it fears it might uncover facts that detract from a perfect narrative. The same is true in the case of George Floyd’s death. The media has worked tirelessly to suppress anything negative about Floyd.

  2. 2020 August 5 9:31 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    From previous thread —

    Gold $2050

    Unreal
    — Eph

    Well when you blow thru $3.2Tn something has to give. Wait till the world says enough! and switches off the dollar. As it is I am loving this silver ride right now….

  3. 2020 August 5 9:32 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    BC,

    Wait till the officer only gets Man1 charges rather than murder. The Left is going to go ballistic.

  4. 2020 August 5 9:49 am
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    bc3b permalink

    drdog09 #4 –

    It will be a huge task for the media to downplay how extreme the Democrats are. But, you can be sure they will give it their best shot.

  5. 2020 August 5 9:52 am
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    bc3b permalink

    Actually, the headline is misleading. The tapes have not been officially released. They were leaked to the Daily Mail because the leaker likely knew no US media outlet would run with them.

  6. 2020 August 5 10:00 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    This must be the week for the Karma Wheel to turn once more — https://reclaimthenet.org/carl-benjamin-wins-over-akilah/ — Sargon, aka Carl Benjamin, has won his claims against Akilah. Sargon has won his primary suit about fair use previously. This case was his being reimbursed for his legal fees, all $40k’s worth.

    KaChing. Hopefully its another SJW living on the streets after being financially busted.

  7. 2020 August 5 10:04 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    5,

    Most likely. But we are seeing a glimmer that the rank and file Dim is catching on to the switch that is being played by the party.

  8. 2020 August 5 10:28 am
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    They don’t call them “dim” for nothing.

  9. 2020 August 5 10:42 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    The Rich are the most Portable — https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8595717/Cuomo-begs-wealthy-New-Yorkers-come-save-city-Ill-buy-drink.html — I wonder how well a free drink and a massive tax bill is going to play out?

  10. 2020 August 5 12:08 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Eph,

    Has the King checked? Does the WH have a basement?? 🙂

  11. 2020 August 5 12:20 pm
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    drdog09 permalink

    Alternately, what do the Dims do if Biden is indicted in the upcoming Durham release??

  12. 2020 August 5 1:24 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    Eph #11 –

    Police agencies withdraw from DNC. Milwaukee has instated a ban on tear gas and smoke bombs to dismiss protesters. Many police chiefs/local governments believe providing support is a “no win” situation.

    https://apnews.com/c422dfbb6c6d50cc3b587420e051334e

  13. 2020 August 5 5:13 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    How’s Gov Cuomo gonna buy anyone a drink? I thought bars and liquor stores are closed?

    Meanwhile … I can dream, right?

  14. 2020 August 5 5:53 pm
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    Parker schnabel is a happy camper.

  15. 2020 August 5 5:59 pm
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    Eph permalink

    17 IP,

    You can say that again.

  16. 2020 August 5 8:01 pm
    [19]

    Parker schnabel is a happy camper.~~~

  17. 2020 August 5 8:48 pm
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    17 – Indeed he is (or should be with fuel costs down and gold up 25-30% y-o-y), that is assuming they were able to get running this summer, in the spring it was unclear if they could get all staff to the mining sites for a full throated season.

    Sean Pomeranke is also a happy camper no doubt.

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