Lawyers for the Covington Catholic High School Student Release New Video and Prepare To File Lawsuits

Lawyers defending Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann released an extended version of the clips circulating the internet in recent weeks. A video titled, “Nick Sandmann: The Truth in 15 Minutes” was posted on Youtube Friday by Sandmann’s attorney Todd McMurtry of Fort Mitchell and L. Lin Wood of Atlanta.

Legal Team For Sandmann Prepares For Lawsuit

The legal team also sent letters to 54 entities including,

The Washington Post
The New York Times
Cable News Network, Inc. (CNN)
The Guardian
National Public Radio
Atlantic Media Inc.
Capitol Hill Publishing Corp.
Diocese of Covington
Diocese of Lexington
Archdiocese of Louisville
Diocese of Baltimore
Ana Cabrera
Sara Sidner
Erin Burnett
S.E. Cupp
Elliot C. McLaughlin
Amanda Watts
Emanuella Grinberg
Michelle Boorstein
Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
Antonio Olivo
Joe Heim
Michael E. Miller
Eli Rosenberg
Isaac Stanley-Becker
Kristine Phillips
Sarah Mervosh
Emily S. Rueb
Maggie Haberman
David Brooks
Shannon Doyne
Kurt Eichenwald
Andrea Mitchell
Savannah Guthrie
Joy Reid
Chuck Todd
Noah Berlatsky
Elisha Fieldstadt
Eun Kyung Kim
Bill Maher
Warner Media
Conde Nast
The Hill
The Atlantic
Ilhan Omar
Elizabeth Warren
Kathy Griffin
Alyssa Milano
Jim Carrey

Sandmann’s lawyers also sent a letter requesting that these entities not destroy any records or information related to the case.

What Really Happened

A video shows a standoff between a group of “Hebrew Israelites” and Covington Catholic High School Students, some wearing “Make America Great Again” hats. The Hebrew Israelites were pummeling racial slurs at the students, even warning one black student, “When you get old enough, they’re gonna steal your organs.” The students drowned out the noise with school spirit cheers. Nick Sandmann, a Covington student, was approached by a participant of a nearby indigenous peoples march Nathan Phillips. Phillips beat his drum right in Sandmann’s face.

Further, in interviews following the incident, Phillips called the situation ‘dangerous’ because he believed the students were growing into a mob that blocked him in. The new video reveals a different story. It appears that Phillips looked for a way to provoke the students into creating that mob. Sandmann stood quietly and encouraged others to show respect to the group.

However, members of the media and Hollywood quickly jumped to conclusions about the situation. Comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted a photo of Covington students holding up a three-pointer sign during a basketball game tweeting, “Covington’s finest throwing up the new nazi sign”. Griffin later deleted the tweet.

In an attempt to clear the air, Sandmann sat down with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. Sandmann told Guthrie, “People have judged me based off one expression, I see it as a smile saying that you won’t get any further reaction of aggression.”