A San Francisco judge ruled on Wednesday that San Francisco police body camera footage of the October 2022 hammerhead attack on Paul Pelosi, the husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, should be made public.
In his decision, Judge Stephen Murphy sided with a group of media outlets, including the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, who sought access to the dramatic footage as well as to other evidence against David DePape, the alleged assailant. , according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
The media coalition demanded the release of the footage in December when it was shown in open court and admitted into evidence at a preliminary hearing.
Other media-requested content includes Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, surveillance footage of Pelosi’s home by U.S. Capitol Police, and DePape’s interview with a San Francisco Police Department investigator. Francisco in which he discussed the attack.
Charging documents against DePape show cops witnessed the attack and it was recorded on officer body cameras.
“Pelosi and DePape both held a hammer in one hand and DePape had his other hand holding Pelosi’s forearm. Pelosi saluted the officers,” the documents point out.
When officers asked the two men to drop the hammer, “DePape pulled the hammer out of Pelosi’s hand and swung it, hitting Pelosi in the head,” the documents say.
A San Francisco Superior Court spokesperson told the San Francisco Standard that court staff were working to make a copy of the requested exhibits to distribute to a press coalition lawyer.
DePape’s attorney opposed Wednesday’s motion, arguing that the release could hamper his client’s ability to get a fair trial.
DePape faces a slew of state and federal charges, including assault and battery, attempted murder, elder abuse and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer in connection with the Oct. 28, 2022, attack.