The Seattle police department blames a “technical glitch” for 2,283 dash cam videos to be erased. The mass “glitch” took place over a two day span in July according to Seattle police.
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As reported by Asnal Herz with The Stranger:
During a press call today, Brian Maxey, the department’s chief operating officer, called the loss of the videos “unacceptable.”
This is the latest in a series of deletion incidents for the department’s in-car video system. There’s an ongoing issue of dropped video frames. In 2011, KOMO and watchdog Eric Rachner uncovered the wholesale loss of dashcam recordings.
The department said the “glitch” involved the failure of a server, designed for long-term storage of the footage, to capture videos from a temporary central server before they were deleted.
Mattmiller said he didn’t know how many hours of footage were deleted.
“There’s nothing sinister about this,” said Chief Kathleen O’Toole. “This is a technology glitch here. Because we’re under a consent decree, because there are issues of public trust in policing, we thought it was important [to be transparent and get this out there].”
Whether it was truly a malfunction or not, this needs to be resolved. Dash Cam recording are one way to help keep police accountable and can be useful evidence in legal proceedings. These recordings need to a “back-up system” to ensure nothing like this happens again.