The footage starts when Officer Jerel Jones-Denson of the Kenosha Police Department pulls Morrison over for a red light violation and asks if he lives in the area before inquiring, “Were you following a vehicle?” Morrison said that he is a producer for MSNBC and explained he “was being called by New York.”
Jones-Denson clarifies and asks, “New York told you to follow a vehicle?” to which Morrison responds “yes.” Morrison tells the officer that he was being “discreet” and wasn’t attempting to “talk with anybody,” though he was rather attempting to “find a location.”
Morrison calls New York-based NBC producer Irene Byon and puts the police officer on the phone. In her exchange with Jones, Byon struggles to justify why she had told Morrison to accompany the vehicle, repeatedly swallowing her words before telling him the MSNBC staffers were hoping to “find any leads … about the case” and discover “where people involved in the trial are positioned.”
Byon says, “we had our people positioned in different areas of the courthouse” so they could follow those involved in the case. Jones-Denson then chastised Byon, telling her to stop telling reporters to follow those involved with the case, saying this “put people in dangerous positions” about Morrison’s claimed violation of traffic laws.
Before this body camera footage was published, the incident prompted Judge Bruce Schroeder of the Rittenhouse case to ban MSNBC from the courtroom. The media company has a history of doxxing normal people.
“I have instructed that nobody from MSNBC news be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,” Judge Bruce Schroeder said during a hearing.
“This is a very serious matter, and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is, but absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following a jury bus, that is a very ... that is an extremely serious matter and will be referred to the proper authorities for further action,” the judge went on.
Schroeder explained that the man who supposedly followed the bus identified himself as James J. Morrison and insisted he was a producer for NBC News employed by MSNBC.