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A San Francisco judge has ordered body camera footage of the hammer attack on Paul Pelosi to be made public.

On Wednesday, a San Francisco judge ruled that San Francisco police body camera footage of the October 2022 hammer attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, must be released to the public.

In his ruling, Judge Stephen Murphy sided with a group of media outlets, including the Associated Press, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, who requested access to dramatic footage as well as other evidence against David DePape, the alleged assailant. , according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The media coalition demanded the release of the tape back in December, when it was presented in open court and admitted to evidence at a preliminary hearing.

Other content requested by the media includes Paul Pelosi’s 911 call, US Capitol police surveillance footage of Pelosi’s home, and DePape’s interview with a San Francisco Police Department investigator discussing the attack.

The indictment documents against DePape show that the police witnessed the attack and that it was recorded on the officers’ body cameras.

David DePape, alleged attacker
David DePape allegedly attacked Paul Pelosi with a hammer.
AP / Michael Short

Broken door to the backyard of Nancy Pelosi's house
On Wednesday, a San Francisco judge ruled that police body camera footage must be released to the public.

“Pelosi and DePape held a hammer in one hand, and DePape held Pelosi’s forearm with the other hand. Pelosi greeted the officers, ”the documents say.

When officers asked both men to drop the hammer, “DePape grabbed the hammer from Pelosi’s hand and swung it around, hitting Pelosi in the head,” the documents said.

A San Francisco Supreme Court spokesman told the San Francisco Standard that court officials are working to make a copy of the requested physical evidence to give to the news coalition’s attorney.

Nancy Pelosi was not at home at the time of the attack. Allegedly, she was DePape’s main target.
AP / Kevin Wolf

DePape’s lawyer objected to Wednesday’s motion, arguing that the release could prevent his client from getting a fair trial.

DePape faces multiple state and federal charges, including battery, attempted murder, elder abuse, and attempted kidnapping of a federal officer in the October 28, 2022 attack.

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