Court Orders Public Release of Bodycam Footage of George Floyd Arrest and Killing   

On August 7, Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill ordered the public release of the bodycam footages of the arrest and killing of George Floyd that were made by criminal defendants and former police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.[1]

The Judge’s order said, “Members of the Media Coalition, as well as other media and members of the public, may obtain copies” of the footage. The order, however, did not elaborate on the rationale for his ruling, nor on how or when the footage would be released.

On July 13, the so called Media Coalition of local and national media companies had filed with the court a motion for the immediate release of this footage. The Coalition argued that the court’s allowing these videos to be viewed only at the courthouse by appointment violated state laws, court rules and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.[2]

The Media Coalition consists of the StarTribune; American Public Media, which owns Minnesota Public Radio; the Associated Press; CBS Broadcasting Inc.; Dow Jones & Co., publisher of the Wall Street Journal; Hubbard Broadcasting; Hubbard Broadcasting, which owns a Minnesota television broadcaster (KSTP-TV); and the New York Times Co., among others.


[1] Simons, Judge orders release of Minneapolis police body camera video from the night George Floyd was killed, StarTribune (Aug. 7, 2020); Judge orders release of body camera video showing Floyd killing, MPRnews (Aug. 7, 2020).

[2] Media Coalition Asks Court To Release BodyCam Footage of George Floyd Killing, (July 14, 2020).


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As a retired lawyer and adjunct law professor, Duane W. Krohnke has developed strong interests in U.S. and international law, politics and history. He also is a Christian and an active member of Minneapolis’ Westminster Presbyterian Church. His blog draws from these and other interests. He delights in the writing freedom of blogging that does not follow a preordained logical structure. The ex post facto logical organization of the posts and comments is set forth in the continually being revised “List of Posts and Comments–Topical” in the Pages section on the right side of the blog.

2 thoughts on “Court Orders Public Release of Bodycam Footage of George Floyd Arrest and Killing   ”

  1. Comment: BodyCam Videos of George Floyd’s Arrest and Killing Released

    On August 10, the Hennepin County District Court released the bodcam videos of the arrest and killing of George Floyd that were taken by former policemen and now criminal defendants, Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng.

    This action was pursuant to the Court’s order of August 7. The Judge also announced that a memorandum explaining this decision will be filed later.


    Xiong. Two police body camera videos in killing of George Floyd released, StarTribune (Aug. 10, 2020),; Thomas Lane’s bodycam video of George Floyd killing, StarTribune (Aug. 10, 2020),; J. Alexander Kueng’s bodycam video of George Floyd killing, StarTribune (Aug. 10, 2020),

    Court Orders Release of Bodycam Footages of George Floyd Arrest and Killing, (Aug. 8, 2020)

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