Feds are refusing to turn over Capitol security video to defense attorneys

Feds are refusing to turn over Capitol security video to defense attorneys
A rare glimpse of Capitol security video from 6 Jan 2021 shows initial break-in. Via Twitter

[Ed. – It’s one thing to not make the video public — although it’s a thing with very limited justification.  There are multiple ways to scope out the Capitol without having access to the security video.  It’s a public building; you can’t behave as if its physical access features require the secrecy of a Minuteman silo or Fort Knox.  But in any case, it’s quite another thing to deny access to the defendants for their defense.  That simply isn’t justified.]

[H]ave we seen a full and fair depiction of exactly what happened that day? The answer, as evidenced by an ongoing coverup by the U.S. Capitol Police and the Justice Department, clearly is no.

Almost all the January 6 video seen by the public isn’t from official government sources but by social media users and journalists on the scene. For example, the widely viewed footage of protestors occupying the Senate chamber was recorded by a New Yorker journalist.

But thousands of hours of real-time footage is in the hands of the Capitol Police—and that agency, along with government lawyers and federal judges, is using every legal trick possible to keep the trove hidden from the public even as clips are presented in court as evidence against hundreds of January 6 defendants.

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Capitol Police argue that making all the tapes available to defense attorneys —let alone to the American public—could provoke future violence.

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