“It’s clear [Officer Middendorf] tried to destroy all the video in this case,” remarked attorney Paul Bross, representing Mr. Flowers. “He thought he had turned off the camera, and that’s why he acted the way he did.”
With the fallout of Middendorf’s tampering, a revelation that the battered man suffered from dementia, and the public’s visceral reaction to the video, prosecutors were pressured into reducing the charges against the now brain-injured Mr. Flowers, and eventually dropped them completely.