Judge rules 2019 George Floyd bodycam footage will be admissible

Prosecution argued the video’s public release could taint the jury pool
Attorney Earl Gray and officer Thomas Lane
Attorney Earl Gray and officer Thomas Lane at the Hennepin County Courthouse Photo credit (Getty Images / Stephen Maturen / Stringer)

Police body camera video of a May 2019 encounter with George Floyd will be admissible and available to the public as soon as Thursday.

Judge Peter Cahill ruled the evidence entered by former officer Thomas Lane’s attorney, Earl Gray, will not taint the jury pool as the prosecution argued.

Gray entered the video as part of a motion to dismiss the charges against the rookie officer arguing the video contradicts what he called the state’s “false narrative.”

Jonathan Mason, from the 10k Foundation which is active in organizing social justice marches confronted the attorney Gray afterwards.

“These are the tactics of trying to do a character assassination to justify murdering black folks”, Mason told News Talk 830 WCCO’s Sloane Martin.

The prosecution argued the video’s public release could taint the jury pool, but Judge Peter Cahill said it would not be prejudicial.

None of the officers charged in Floyd’s death appeared in court for the hearing.