Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Indy Lab To Help Identify Canadian Rioters

From the IndyChannel: "A state-of-the-art video lab in Indianapolis could help put looters and vandals in Canada behind bars.

Police from Vancouver, British Columbia, have come to Indianapolis seeking help with identifying hundreds of hockey fans who rioted June 15, causing millions of dollars in damage, 6News' Jack Rinehart reported.

The riot broke out just moments after game 7 of the Stanley Cup hockey finals, with angry fans taking to the streets to loot stores, flip cars and fight with police. In the days after the riot, police set up a website urging businesses and witnesses to turn in their store surveillance and cellphone videos.

They've now brought the more than 1,600 hours of video to the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association, or LEVA, a nonprofit video forensics lab on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.

"The magnitude of this investigation is unparalleled," said lead instructor Grant Fredericks. "To have this amount of video, and this facility is the only one in the world that has the capability to handle the number of exhibits."

The lab was established to train police and video analysts and is available to the U.S. Department of Justice in the event of a major incident in which large volumes of videos are gathered for evidence.

"This is the most advanced video analysis technology in the world," Fredericks said. "We also have 20 work stations tied into one collaborative storage system."

The lab will work around the clock for the next two weeks in a frame-by-frame search for suspects. Processing the video any other way would take more than two years, experts said. Vancouver police hope to use the results to arrest and prosecute more than 700 people responsible for the rioting and looting.

"I have made a commitment to the citizens of Vancouver and the Provence of British Columbia that we will find those responsible for the riot," said Inspector Les Yeo, team commander of Vancouver's Integrated Riot Investigation Team. "We will go out and arrest them, whether it's in their workplace or university, and take them in front of the courts."

So far, Vancouver police have identified 270 criminal incidents related to the riot. They're arrested nearly 200 people and another 70 turned themselves in ..."

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