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Police body camera video shows MSNBC freelance traffic stop suspected of following Kyle Rittenhouse jury bus – CBS Chicago


CHICAGO (CBS) –For the first time, we see police body camera video that led to MSNBC’s ban from the courtroom during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

During the trial, James J. Morrison was arrested by Kenosha police. They said he turned on a red light as he drove behind the bus carrying jurors.

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Morrison said he was an MSNBC employee and had been tasked with tracking jurors. At the time, the jury was under advisement.

The following dialog appears on the body camera video:

Officer: “New York told you to follow a vehicle?” “

Morrison: “Yes.”

Officer: “Your offices in New York, or what?

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Morrison: “That’s right.”

Officer: “How did they know about this vehicle? “

Morrison: “I mean, it was low key. I wasn’t like, you know, talking to anyone.

In court afterwards, Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder said police suspected Morrison of trying to take pictures of the jury. In a statement, the network acknowledged that Morrison was a freelance writer but “never contacted or intended to contact jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them.”

Schroeder called this a “very, extremely serious matter” as the jury remains anonymous. Jurors are transported to and from the courthouse on a bus with the windows covered to prevent the jury from seeing protests outside the courthouse.

Schroeder banned MSNBC staff from the courthouse for the duration of the trial afterwards.

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Rittenhouse, 18, was later acquitted of all charges against the August 2020 shootings that killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, on a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha against the police shooting against Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse was 17 at the time of the shooting.

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