Friday, November 22, 2013
Food for thought.
Here’s a late report from yesterday evening about the school video in the Kendrick Johnson case.
Victor Blackwell of CNN reports that CNN,
hired forensic video analyst Grant Fredericks to analyze more than 290 hours of material from all 35 cameras inside and outside of the gym. Fredericks is a U.S. Justice Department consultant and contract instructor for the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
CNN also provided Fredericks and his company, the Spokane, Washington-based Forensic Video Solutions, with hundreds more hours of video from 31 cameras in other parts of Lowndes County High School.
What Fredericks wasn’t able to find was video showing whether there was anyone in the gym when Johnson was there — images that could prove vital in determining how the teen died.
“(The surveillance video has) been altered in a number of ways, primarily in image quality and likely in dropped information, information loss,” he said. “There are also a number of files that are corrupted because they’ve not been processed correctly and they’re not playable. I can’t say why they were done that way, but they were not done correctly, and they were not done thoroughly. So we’re missing information.”
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.