Evidence of the Chauvin case contradicted the first police statement

Philadelphia (AP) — Shortly after former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder for George Floyd’s death, a copy of the original Minneapolis Police Department statement began to recirculate on social media. It attributed Floyd’s death to “medical distress” and did not mention that the black man had been anchored to the ground of his neck by Chauvin or shouted that he could not breathe.

Many have posted releases to highlight the distance between the first police story and the evidence that led to Tuesday’s conviction. Chauvin kneeling on Floyd’s neck, Even after Floyd stopped moving.

Chauvin’s conviction is a hot spot in a video refuting the first police statement, but criminal justice experts and police accountability advocates are unsuccessful, especially in encounters with deadly police. Says that the problem of accurate first reporting is widespread.

Andre Johnson, a professor of communication at the University of Memphis, said: “Sadly, this has been going on for some time, and it’s just now becoming apparent for many Americans for video evidence.”

Police officials say they provide as accurate information as possible during fast-moving and complex investigations. However, critics say the frequency with which misleading information is published cannot be ignored.

In 2014, New York Police Department Eric Garner Suffocation Story It was that he was in cardiac arrest. It did not mention the police officer’s extended strangler fig against Garner, shown in a video of a bystander who captured a recurring plea that he could not breathe. The grand jury refused to prosecute the dismissed police officer Daniel Pantaleo, who said he was using a legal operation called a seatbelt.

A year later, Policeman Michael Slugger at the time He said he grabbed a policeman’s stun gun and shot Walter Scott. However, a video of a shooting bystander in North Charleston, South Carolina, showed Slager escaping from a transportation stop and chasing Scott after shooting him deadly behind him. Slager was charged with murder in state court, but was released after a jury hung. He later pleaded guilty to the infringement of federal civil rights.

As the chorus of complaints about false information about such interactions increases, so does the demand for body cameras for police. Currently, about 80% of departments with more than 500 executives use cameras, but video storage can be costly.

Official police videos also increasingly show discrepancies in the initial police description, but images are generally withheld for days or even months during internal investigations.

Chicago Police Department has been ordered by court to publish a dashcome video of the 2014 murder 17-year-old Lacan McDonald More than 13 months after shooting. Initially, it was determined that a legitimate shooting had taken place, based on police reports that McDonald’s approached the police while refusing to drop the knife. The video showed that then police officer Jason van Dyck left, shooting a teenager 16 times. Van Dyck was found guilty of his second murder.

Johnson said video evidence that African Americans were abused or killed should not be taken for those who support the police change. He said that if there was video evidence, it was often scrutinized and still rejected by some as fake or deceptive.

“Why does it have to take video evidence, activism, and testimony?” Asked Black Johnson. But this is nothing new to the color community. “

“The question is, are police now starting to lose their default position of being true,” he said. “I think it’s starting to erode.”

Police and prosecutors in some cities released body camera videos more quickly after a recent deadly encounter. Some experts say it is to mitigate the potential for large-scale protests against racial injustice and police atrocities that occurred nationwide after Floyd’s death. Some say it’s a move to regain the trust of the community as transparency is required.

Columbus, Ohio officials released first body camera footage A deadly police shooting of 16-year-old Makia Briant just hours after it happened on Tuesday. More footage released Wednesday showed a chaotic scene where a teen assaulted them with a knife.

This release is a departure from the Columbus Police Protocol, following two other notable killings by the City Police and one killing by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department since December 3, authorities. Was done because of the face of great public surveillance.

Meanwhile, in Tennessee, a district attorney fired on April 12 after a police officer shot and killed a student at Knoxville High School, claiming that he first refused to publish a body camera video.

Activists, political leaders, and the press have requested that the office of Sharm Allen, a lawyer in the Knox County district, publish the footage.

Only a few hours later Knoxville Police Officer Jonaton Krabau 17-year-old Anthony J. Thompson Jr., director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said he fired and beat the policeman when he entered the bathroom.

But after Allen released a video on Wednesday to follow the judge’s orders, it was Thompson holding a pistol in the front pocket of his sweatshirt, firing only one shot and attacking all four officers. I showed that I didn’t. According to officials, it was Clavows who accidentally shot fellow officer Adam Wilson during the scuttle.

Allen told reporters that he had spoken extensively with Thompson’s family. The family begged her not to publish the video near his funeral.

“My preference is not to do this today, but I’m under pressure from you (the media), a group of politicians and activists,” she said. “Okay. You should be able to watch the video. I think it’s time. I have to come up with a better process.”

In Minneapolis, Police spokesperson John Elder, previously told The Associated Press that he did not visit the scene on May 25, 2020. He usually visited after a major event and couldn’t see Floyd’s death body camera footage for hours. The elder gave the first explanation after being briefed by the supervisor.

He said the department noticed the statement was inaccurate and immediately requested an FBI investigation after the bystander video surfaced. By that time, a state investigator had taken over and he was unable to make a corrected statement.

“I never lie to hide the actions of others,” said the elder.


The Associated Press author David Klepper from Providence, Rhode Island, and Kimberlee Kruesi from Columbia, South Carolina contributed to this report.