Posted on | April 1, 2022 | No Comments
“This is why we can’t have nice things,” as they say. When your wedding reception turns into a brawl and somebody calls 911? That’s not good. Then the bride’s uncle punches the cops and gets shot to death?
Daniel Patrick Knight, 39, had a criminal record dating back as far as 1998, when he was 15. According to the Florida Department of Corrections website, in 2006 Knight was sentenced to state prison for the charges of: Robbery, Grand Theft Motor Vehicle, Burglary, Trafficking in Stolen Property, Burglary of a Dwelling, Fleeing and Attempting to Elude a Police Officer and Felony Driving While License Suspended. He was released from state prison in 2013. After he was shot to death at the February 19 wedding reception for his niece, the family claimed police were lying about what preceded the shooting:
Daniel Knight’s family held a news conference in Lakeland on Tuesday night alongside representatives from Black Lives Matter Restoration Polk Inc.
The 39-year-old’s family said Knight was not belligerent or violent during the reception at the Winter Park Events Center on Saturday.
“He was never harmful, he was never aggressive,” said Knight’s niece, Janisha Knight, the bride.
Winter Park police released the 911 call that led to police responding to the venue, in which the caller said a man was “grabbing people by the neck” and “shoving people to the floor.”
In audio released Monday, the caller said, “He’s grabbing an older woman and shoving her.” He was described as “violent” and “very drunk.”
Well, not only was there audio of the 911 call, but there was also (a) surveillance video of the scene and (b) police bodycam video. Police this week released the videos that completely confirm their account:
If you watch the whole video, you’ll see that the officer who was knocked unconscious by Knight repeatedly tells backup officers, “He knocked me out.” Knight then attacked the second officer, knocking him to the
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