The husband of former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Paul Pelosi, was attacked with a hammer in October 2022, and on Wednesday a court in San Francisco ordered the release of body camera footage from the incident.
San Francisco judge has granted a motion to release dramatic police bodycam footage from the night former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was attacked by an assailant with a hammer at their home.”https://t.co/XEm7UwJsV7
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Judge Stephen Murphy ruled in favor of a group of news organizations seeking access to the dramatic footage and other evidence against David DePape, the alleged attacker, as reported by the San Francisco Chronicle. The news organizations included the Associated Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the New York Times.
Back in December, when the tape was brought in open court and admitted into evidence at a preliminary hearing, the media consortium sought its publication.
Media outlets also requested Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, security footage of Pelosi’s residence from the US Capitol Police, and an interview between DePape and an investigator from the San Francisco Police Department in which he recounted the incident.
Police officers witnessed the incident and it was captured on body cameras, according to the charges filed against DePape.
Both Pelosi and DePape were clutching hammers in one hand, while DePape had a grip on Pelosi’s forearm with the other. Pelosi “greeted the cops,” the papers stated.
DePape “took the hammer from Pelosi’s hand and swung it, striking Pelosi in the head” when police urged both men to put down the weapon, according to the reports.
The San Francisco Superior Court is attempting to provide a copy of the requested exhibits to an attorney for the press alliance, according to a representative who spoke with the San Francisco Standard.
On Wednesday, DePape’s lawyer raised an objection to the petition, saying that his client wouldn’t be able to have a fair trial if the release went through.
As a result of the attack on October 28, 2022, DePape is facing numerous state and federal charges, including battery, attempted murder, elder abuse, and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer.