KOB4 ran a story highlighting sworn statements by APD's former records custodian manager Reynaldo Chavez. During a newly released deposition, Mr. Chavez disclosed that it is possible to alter APD lapel camera footage through the creation of an "orphan" video clip which is later substituted for and made to look like the original "parent" clip. These alterations can include inserting objects, such as a gun into lapel footage.
Former City of Albuquerque records custodian Reynaldo Chavez recently swore in an affidavit that city officials were instructed to delete and alter body camera and surveillance videos-including videos involving the high profile police killings of Mary Hawkes and Jeremy Robertson. Kennedy Kennedy & Ives represents both families in lawsuits against the City.
In an era of civil unrest and protest over police brutality, many are calling into question the validity of body cameras worn by policemen. Initially, the cameras were meant to prevent police from performing unnecessary violence, however the history of police body cams has revealed that the devices have often had the opposite effect. Read the full article here.
Police policies nationwide declare that body camera footage should not be released if the situation at hand is part of an active investigation. The ACLU argues why this does not justify keeping the police videos secret. Read the full article here. This firm is currently involved in litigation related to this issue in a case involving public records requests for documents and materials associated with the killing of James Boyd.