One-quarter of all body-worn camera footage from the Oakland, California, police was accidentally deleted in October 2014, according to the head of the relevant unit.
As per the San Francisco Chronicle, Sgt. Dave Burke testified on Tuesday at a murder trial that this was, in fact, a mistake.
This incident marks yet another setback in the efforts to roll out body-worn cameras to police agencies nationwide.
In late August 2016, the Seattle Police Department reported a similar IT glitch involving body camera footage.
“Nothing should have ever been lost from the system,” Burke said in court, later adding, “The settings were set to never delete.”
However, a police spokesman, Marco Marquez, told the Chronicle that the Oakland Police Department had not “discovered any cases that have been affected by this incident.”
Neither the OPD nor the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment.
“This incident marks yet another setback in the efforts to roll out body-worn cameras to police agencies nationwide.”
No, Sparky, this is exactly what was intended. There will be all sorts of additional foot-dragging and mysterious “mistakes” until the whole body cam thing is forgotten. You’ve no doubt noticed that when the video exonerates an officer nothing happens to that footage, right?
“Neither the OPD nor the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office immediately responded to Ars’ request for comment.”
I think I can fill in that blank for you: “Gullible suckers, what are you going to do about it?”