Thursday, March 18, 2010

Missing or malfunctioning video

Here's a link to an interesting post about "missing or malfunctioning" video/audio and police testimony.

One judge on the case wrote, "At trial, Officer Evans described Appellant as unable to stand without swaying or holding on to the wall and unable to properly perform the field sobriety tests. The videotape reveals that Appellant swayed less than the officer and that Appellant performed substantially better than she did on the field sobriety tests." Officer testimony should not be accepted at face value over contradictory video evidence."

Remember, there are cameras everywhere.

That being said, there's every reason to make sure that the recording is authentic, has a proper chain of custordy, and accurately depicts the scene. In most cases, everything checks out and there are no problems. However, there are the occasional problems. That's where a trained and qualified analyst can make all the difference in the world. When in doubt, just reach out to your friendly local video expert for help.


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