Prosecutors REFUSE to release police bodycam footage of Paul Pelosi attack as case gets murkier
DA Brooke Jenkins said, 'Our job is not to try this case in the public or in the press. It's to try it in a courtroom,' while not revealing more
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: San Francisco prosecutors declined to release the surveillance and bodycam footage on the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband Paul, which took place at her home recently. Besides the court filings, any other details related to the incident, including the video of the attack, were not released by District Attorney Brooke Jenkins, a Democrat who defeated "woke" DA Chesa Boudin in a recall.
"Mr. Pelosi opened the door, they were both holding a hammer and the police observed Mr. DePape pull that hammer away and then strike Mr. Pelosi," Jenkins said Thursday, November 3. "That is the most that we're going to say at this point. Our job is not to try this case in the public or in the press. It's to try it in a courtroom." According to Fox News, DePape did not appear at a hearing on Friday, November 4.
After being released from the hospital, Paul returned to his San Francisco residence, the same place where he was attacked. He was rushed to the hospital for emergency treatment after DePape allegedly broke into his San Francisco house with a hammer and attacked him, leaving him with a fractured skull. "The Pelosi family is thankful for the beautiful outpouring of love, support and prayers from around the world," Pelosi's office said in a statement, according to Daily Mail.
"Paul is grateful to the 911 operator, emergency responders, trauma care team, ICU staff, and the entire ZSFGH medical staff for their excellent and compassionate life-saving treatment he received after the violent assault in our home," the statement further stated, adding, "Paul remains under doctors' care as he continues to progress on a long recovery process and convalescence. He is now home surrounded by his family who request privacy."
BREAKING: Paul Pelosi opened the door for cops, did not flee or declare emergency, walked back to the attacker in the house, then was ATTACKED!? WHAT!? pic.twitter.com/9YfJiaJX9f— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 4, 2022
Paul, who is a successful investor, had to undergo surgery due to his injury. This comes after NBC News dropped a bombshell report regarding the incident, which stated that Paul told the responding officers that he was not in danger before he was injured in a hammer attack at his San Francisco home on October 28.
The clip posted by the media outlet claimed that Paul did not declare any emergency or say he was in pain when cops showed up at his door in response to his 911 call, according to sources close to the investigation. The 82-year-old reportedly walked back a few feet away from the officers and into the foyer toward DePape, as per a report by Emmy Award-winning journalist Miguel Almaguer.
The report alleged that as Paul took steps away from the responding officers and in the direction of DePape, they saw him hit the speaker's husband with the hammer. The NBC News report also stated that the mental state of Pelosi was unclear at the time when he reportedly stepped back away from police. The responding officers were also unaware that it was the home of Pelosi, who has a security detail and was in Washington, DC at the time of the attack.
The ordeal has renewed calls in Congress to tighten security in light of a growing threats against lawmakers, just days before the November elections. Pelosi was in Washington at that time and is second in the line of succession to the presidency. US Capitol Police Chief J Thomas Manger said in a weekend memo to lawmakers that the attack "is a somber reminder of the threats elected officials and families face in 2022."
US President Joe Biden linked the attack in a speech to the political violence unleashed by ex-president Donald Trump's supporters against Congress on January 6, 2021. Republicans, he said, have "emboldened violence and intimidation of voters and election officials." "That is the path to chaos in America," he said.