Video of Minneapolis cop's bar punch played for jury

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Godless Aberration

Ankeny, IA

#1 Apr 6, 2013
Jurors observing the trial against a Minneapolis police officer accused of assault got to see the piece of evidence both the prosecution and defense say is critical to their case during testimony Friday, April 5.

More than an hour of surveillance video from an Andover bar was played in Anoka County District Court on the second day of the trial of Sgt. David Clifford, 48.

Prosecutors claim the footage shows an off-duty Clifford punch Brian Vander Lee unprovoked at about 7:19 p.m. June 16 on the patio of Tanners Station as the 43-year-old Ramsey man stood up.

Clifford had reportedly asked Vander Lee, who was sitting at a table adjacent to Clifford's party, to quiet down.

On Thursday, defense attorney Fred Bruno said in opening remarks that the video would show Vander Lee in a fully upright position raise his right hand and swing at Clifford, prompting the SWAT team officer to punch Vander Lee in self-defense.

He also said Vander Lee was extremely intoxicated at the time and loudly using profanity and other vulgar language offensive to the people at Clifford's table and other patrons.

Clifford, of Andover, and a friend met their wives at the bar about 7 that night. The women arrived earlier.

On Friday, Vander Lee's ex-wife, 35-year-old Kourtney Vander Lee, walked the court through the recording as the prosecution's third witness. Kourtney and Brian Vander Lee are engaged to be remarried and were at the bar June 16 with his brother.

Kourtney Vander Lee worked as a liquor distributor for Tanners Station for about five years and also served as a waitress for about a year at the bar, she said in court. Her aunt is a manager at Tanners.
At several points during the footage, which has no audio, Brian Vander Lee and his brother are seen moving their arms in the air. At one point, they stand up and shove one another.

When questioned by prosecutor Blair Buccicone about the behavior, Kourtney Vander Lee said the two are "hand talkers" and that the shoving was in jest.

"They are joking with one another. They do this all the time," Kourtney Vander Lee said.
Godless Aberration

Ankeny, IA

#2 Apr 6, 2013
As the evening progressed, the video shows servers repeatedly approach the Vander Lee table. It also shows servers stop at the table occupied by Clifford's wife and friend, as well as other tables on the patio.

Buccicone asked Kourtney Vander Lee if at any time a server told them another table had complained about their behavior or if they'd seen other patrons give them "dirty looks."

"No," she said. "It was just a relaxing Saturday."

At about 7 p.m., the video shows Clifford and his friend arrive and join their wives. Shortly thereafter, Clifford is seen gesturing toward the Vander Lee table.

At that time, Kourtney Vander Lee testified that Clifford asked her party to "keep it down and watch (their) language."

Kourtney Vander Lee said Brian Vander Lee was on the phone during the exchange and didn't pay attention to Clifford.

Shortly after, the video shows Brian Vander Lee's brother get up and leave the patio. Then Clifford stands up and approaches the Vander Lee table. Seconds later, the video shows Clifford punching Brian Vander Lee and Vander Lee then falling to the ground.

The altercation lasted just seconds.

The footage then shows Clifford leaving the patio and heading to the bar's parking lot. The rest of his party is seen leaving shortly thereafter. Clifford surrendered to police the next day.

Kourtney Vander Lee disputed the defense's Thursday claim that her ex-husband swung and missed Clifford, causing him to lose his balance and fall over.

"He didn't throw a single punch ... he was punched unconscious," Kourtney Vander Lee said.

She cried as she recalled the two brain surgeries Brian Vander Lee later underwent and his recovery. The injury has affected his intellect, emotional stability and overall health, she said. At the time of his injury, Brian Vander Lee worked in advertising at the Star Tribune.

Bruno's initial questioning during his cross-examination suggested Brian Vander Lee had been extremely intoxicated -- his blood-alcohol level was 0.189 -- and that Kourtney Vander Lee had also had a lot to drink, potentially affecting her ability to accurately recall the events of the night.

He pointed out that she had earlier testified that she had been drinking Michelob Golden Draft Light that night, but Bruno said none was listed on the bar tab.

Kourtney Vander Lee said she never saw the tab and that it was possible she made a mistake about what she had been drinking, but said she was certain it was beer.

Bruno's cross-examination of Kourtney Vander Lee was cut short after a dispute with the prosecution over video footage led Judge Lawrence Johnson to recess court until Monday, when the defense cross-examination will resume.

http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_22966714/a...
Godless Aberration

Ankeny, IA

#3 Apr 6, 2013
Police were abused in highschool now they want revenge, they have a demi-god mentality.... The best thing to do is fight back
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#4 Apr 6, 2013
Off duty, who cares... YAWN.
Godless Aberration

Ankeny, IA

#5 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Off duty, who cares... YAWN.
Good then you agree he deserves the death penalty for crimes commited by a government enforcer failing to follwo government "laws"
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#6 Apr 6, 2013
GoOd tHen yOu Fololw tHe lAws?
Christingle Matthews

Grantsburg, WI

#7 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
Off duty, who cares... YAWN.
Well I certainly hope that when you finally melt down that you take ONLY yourself out and not all those Bad People you hate so much.

And I hope that an OFF-DUTY Cop can be there to stop you if you do try to take out innocents when you finally go Slewsie!
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#9 Apr 6, 2013
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??

NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....

LMAOROFU~!
Christingle Matthews

Grantsburg, WI

#10 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??
NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....
LMAOROFU~!
Dangerous Sociopath,

Try to keep your distorted thoughts on track.

This is the Thread about the Off Duty Cop that committed an assault.

Save your assaults on others for the Thread that has a proper context for your particular form of Mental Illness.

Thank You,
Topix Management
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#11 Apr 6, 2013
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??

NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....

LMAOROFU~!
Christingle Matthews

Grantsburg, WI

#12 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??
NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....
LMAOROFU~!
Dangerous Sociopath,(Manly Man He/She/It)

Try to keep your distorted thoughts on track.

This is the Thread about the Off Duty Cop that committed an assault.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#13 Apr 6, 2013
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??

NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....

LMAOROFU~!

WHOOO HOOOO !!!!

Look at upset "daddy" spam... Daddy, where were you ??? Spam, change monikers, and count, that's MORE impotent... RIGHT ?
Christingle Matthews

Grantsburg, WI

#14 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??
NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....
LMAOROFU~!
WHOOO HOOOO !!!!
Look at upset "daddy" spam... Daddy, where were you ??? Spam, change monikers, and count, that's MORE impotent... RIGHT ?
Dangerous Psychotic,

What the "F" is this?

"Look at upset "daddy" spam... Daddy, where were you ???"

If you are going to bring up Uncle Daddy, leave me out of it!

Your Uncle daddy liked "Spam"?

Did he reek of "Spam" as he treated you badly?

Just take the time, and tell us the story. We all know that your issues are of a disturbed sexual nature.

Just get it over with and tell these strangers that you abuse what it is that facuched you up so badly.
Godless Aberration

Ankeny, IA

#15 Apr 6, 2013
It seems as if Slew likes to be controlled by the government enforcers they must hire him and his tongue peircing when their shift ends near the homeless shelter, what trash....
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#16 Apr 6, 2013
It seems you like to make up stuff, like the child...you are.
Christingle Matthews

Grantsburg, WI

#17 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
It seems you like to make up stuff, like the child...you are.
"Disestablishmentarianism "

(Me and Psycho Slewsie just like to see a word that WE typed on the screen....and to give Judge=its that are good for extra Lime Jello with carrots at the Asylum)
anon

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Apr 6, 2013
Bushwhacker wrote:
How did your welfare food taste, con ?? Folks want to know... how to judge YOU. Did your 4 daughters get fat, from MY labors ??? Was your wife proud of the "provider" ?? Do you pretend manhood to compensate ? Is that why you blather from SO MANY monikers ??
NOT A MAN CON, you NEVER WILL BE....
LMAOROFU~!
WHOOO HOOOO !!!!
Look at upset "daddy" spam... Daddy, where were you ??? Spam, change monikers, and count, that's MORE impotent... RIGHT ?
You dont even bother to pretend to fight for progressives anymore do you?
good.

I was tired of a psycho like you representing democrats.

I bet you championed against entitlement cuts yet you would use poverty to look down on people.

Using this forum as your personal psychotic playground,
politics means nothing more than a selfish need to feel validated for you.

You really are a pathetic human trend.
I feel sorry for anyone that is in your life.

No wonder you dont have any kids and cant find a man.
Who would want to be with a psycho who gets off on forum arguments for years on end.

You are the definition of a lost cause.

You would be lucky if a stray dog pissed on your grave.
Cause you have no meaning in life besides delusional sense of validation over issues you frankly dont care about.

See you around psycho.
like you are going anyonewhere...
As if you got someplace to go or something to do...
CRASSUS

Green Bay, WI

#19 Apr 6, 2013
The liberal on the phone deserved a beating. The cop should have waited for him to leave, followed him and handed out the punishment at the right time.
Bushwhacker

Seattle, WA

#20 Apr 6, 2013
Off duty, who cares... YAWN.
maggie

San Antonio, TX

#21 Apr 7, 2013
Was the loud table a herd of Knee-grows or where they Wiggers? Thought that they were moving their hands around simulating cotton picken'(it is in their genes)

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