At several points in the video of Bland's arrest, posted Tuesday to the department's YouTube channel, video of a person walking or a car driving by are cut or repeat themselves as the audio continues uninterrupted....So the editors of the clip -- whoops! alleged editors -- got caught. Who cares? Think about Ferguson: As Charles Johnson of Little Green Footballs pointed out repeatedly, Gateway Pundit's Jim Hoft (a St. Louis resident) spent months floating a story favorable to Officer Darren Wilson -- that he suffered an “orbital blowout fracture of the eye socket” in his encounter with Michael Brown. Never mind the fact that the story was quickly discredited; never mind the fact that Johnson caught Hoft implying that an image from an online medical site was an X-ray of Wilson's injury; and never mind the fact that Wilson's own grand jury testimony debunked the claim. It was out there, it planted seeds in people's minds (especially after Ann Coulter ID'd the stock image as Wilson's X-ray), and so it helped shape public opinion, as it was intended to do.
In one section of the video, a tow truck driver can be seen walking toward Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia's cruiser before walking out of the frame. Fifteen seconds later, the same driver reappears and completes the same walk out of the frame as audio of Encinia speaking plays uninterrupted....
At another point in the video, a white car drives into the camera's view but then immediately disappears. Seconds later, the same car reappears and makes a left-hand turn.
The same goes for the lying "Witness 40," who was allowed to testify before the grand jury considering the case despite her massive credibility problems. The Smoking Gun put it best:
... the woman concocted a story that is now baked into the narrative of the Ferguson grand jury, a panel before which she had no business appearing.The video edit of the Bland arrest clip isn't as dramatic, but even if we find out what we didn't see in the clip and what we subsequently learn is damning, this original clip will simply be accepted as fact by those who want to believe in what law enforcement did in this case. The point is to steer the case so that cop supporters can choose their own facts; this clip, regrettably, will help get that job done.
... “Witness 40”’s testimony about seeing Brown batter Wilson and then rush the cop like a defensive end has repeatedly been pointed to by Wilson supporters as directly corroborative of the officer’s version of the August 9 confrontation. The “Witness 40” testimony, as Fox News sees it, is proof that the 18-year-old Brown’s killing was justified, and that the Ferguson grand jury got it right.