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Can EVIDENCE be destroyed by a COP ?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:23 pm 
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When one gets a ticket and at the time of the ticket, the COP had video taped the interaction, can the COP delete the video legally even though it holds evidentuary value should it go to trial ?


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It could, but how certain are you that he did do that?


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paul1913 wrote:
It could, but how certain are you that he did do that?



I don't have that information yet, but curious to know if it will be provided to me, or if the answer will be they didn't save it because there is no need for it.

I will be asking for it in disclosure soon.


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That would be an extremely strong accusation, you had better be sure that it happened if you intend to bring it up.

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Reflections wrote:
That would be an extremely strong accusation, you had better be sure that it happened if you intend to bring it up.



The cop stated to me that I was being video taped and audio taped, so unless he was bluffing, he did video tape me and audio tape me. I don't know whether a copy will still exist with my disclosure request. I am just curious whether they submit that as evidence, or just delete it.

Any x-copper know if they keep their tapes?


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i have never seen the in car video system and sure there are a variety of ways they can be set up, which could include the disc or whatever might be on a continuous loop for 24hrs (such as many security cameras) and unless an noticeable incident happens then it isnt saved..... or maybe a 30 day save period and then the disc etc goes back to be recorded on again

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Whether video evidence is destroyed because it's only retained for a certain amount of time or it's destroyed intentionally, the remedy is usually to make a lost evidence application (known as a Carosella application) and then ask for a stay or some other remedy that is within the jurisdiction of the presiding judge to grant. I'm not commenting on whether that would be appropriate or successful for your specific case, but that's usually what would happen.

I'd suggest you speak to a lawyer or paralegal about the possibility of bringing such an application.

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