Justice may be blind, but cameras are everywhere


UIndy has had a hand in capturing rioters in Canada this past year—more than 200 identified to date, in fact. The University’s computer laboratory for analyzing video from surveillance cameras, normally reserved for training law enforcement personnel from around the world, became the scene of an active investigation for the first time at the behest of the Vancouver Police Department. Faced with a two-year workload of sifting through massive quantities of video evidence accumulated during rioting last June, the night the Vancouver Canucks lost in hockey’s Stanley Cup finals, the VPD turned to UIndy.

More than 50 forensic video analysts from many different agencies in the U.S., United Kingdom, and Canada worked around the clock for two weeks last fall in the Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing Laboratory to review the footage and to code features of the rioters for later identification. The lab is operated in partnership with LEVA—the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association—which uses it to conduct training classes throughout the year.

“This is the only facility in the world that can handle this kind of a collaborative investigation with video evidence,” says analyst Grant Fredericks, a leading expert in the field. When this lab was put together, we knew that it was great resource in the event of a large-scale investigation or a terrorist attack, or something that involved seizure of a significant amount of video evidence,” Fredericks said. “So we put together a forensic video analysis response team that would be available to any member agency or to the federal government if it were required to be activated for this kind of an event. What this investigation has done is really validated that this process works.”

Watch how the investigators worked at UIndy at http://tinyurl.com/7mxbrul.