Monday, November 25, 2013

kendrick Johnson: Georgia; Expert retained by CNN expresses concern over more than an hour of video missing from four cameras - and asks why police requested the videos from the school - instead of seizing them. Reporter Victor Blackwell. CNN.

STORY: "Kendrick Johnson footage released; expert finds it 'highly suspicious,' by reporter Victor Blackwell, published by CNN on November 21, 2013.

SUB-HEADING: "Missing video in teen gym-mat death?

STORY HIGHLIGHTS: "Surveillance from high school where Kendrick Johnson died raises questions. However, it answers three of the Johnson family's suspicions about the case. Forensic expert finds more than an hour of video missing from four cameras. Police should have seized videos rather than request them from school, expert says."

GIST: "The police have said they didn't receive a copy of the videos until several days after Johnson's body was found, according to an unredacted report obtained by CNN after a legal process. Fredericks told CNN he found it "highly suspicious" that an hour of video could be missing, especially considering how the material was acquired by police. "The investigator's responsibility is to acquire the entire digital video recording system and have their staff define what they want to obtain," he said. According to an incident report from the Sheriff's Office, however, a detective watched a portion of the video then asked an information technology officer employed by the school board to produce a "copy of the surveillance video for the entire wing of the school with the old gym for the last 48 hours." Five days later, the sheriff's report says, the IT officer delivered a hard drive to the detective, who verified it contained what he requested. "Right now, what they've done, is they've left it up to the school district as to what it is they want to provide to the police, and I think that probably is a mistake," Fredericks said. "You don't want somebody who might be party to the responsibility to make the decision as to what they provide the police.""

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