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April 2, 2014 at 4:17 PM

Prosecutors told of potential problem with SPD in-car videos

The King County Prosecutor’s Office said today that it has been informed of a potential problem with Seattle police patrol-car video that could affect prosecutions.

“We’re just learning of this and we will be meeting with city officials to find out more,” Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the Prosecutor’s Office, said in an email.

Donohoe said there was “no estimate at this point” of how many videos might be at issue.

The issue reportedly stems from a switch about a year ago to a new high-definition resolution system, which might have contained a glitch that caused some frames to drop from the videos, according to a source, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Police have opened an inquiry to determine if patrol car-video is lost or missing, throwing criminal cases into question, according to the source.

Seattle police had no immediate comment.

The recordings are routinely collected from a video and audio system in patrol cars, which are activated when officers make contacts in their regular duties.

In addition to criminal cases, the videos are used by the department to evaluate officers’ use of force and conduct internal investigations into allegations of officer misconduct.

The potential time range for the problem covers April 2013 to March of this year, the source said.

Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: in-car video, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Seattle Police Department


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