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British tabloid leaks bodycam videos from George Floyd's death

The videos were shown to reporters in July, but they weren't allowed to record or distribute the footage.

The Daily Mail has leaked body camera footage showing the moments before and after George Floyd's May 25 death. 

The British tabloid published portions of the footage from former Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane and J. Alexander Kueng bodycams on Monday.

The body camera footage was made available starting July 15 for viewing by appointment after the videos were included as evidence in a motion to dismiss the charges against Lane.

Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over the cases of the four former officers charged in connection to Floyd's death, ordered that the footage couldn't be recorded or distributed. 

According to the Star Tribune, which had a reporter view the bodycam videos, it looks as if the Daily Mail had recorded the footage on a device in a courthouse conference room. 

The two bodycam videos reporters could view totaled 65 minutes, the Star Tribune notes. The Daily Mail's footage includes more than 18 minutes from Kueng's bodycam and 10 minutes from Lane's, the Daily Mail said. 

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MPR News reporter Jon Collins points out in a tweet that paying for leaks from people with access to footage or evidence is common with English tabloids, but it's not acceptable among U.S. journalists. 

Media organizations, including MPR News and the Star Tribune, have been fighting to get the bodycam videos released publicly. Cahill has not yet made a decision on the matter. 

BMTN has reached out to Attorney General Keith Ellison's office as well as the state court for comment about the leaked videos.

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