How to get and interpret police video footage

  • Event: 2019 IRE Conference
  • Speakers: Seth Stoughton of University of South Carolina; Matt Topic of Loevy & Loevy; Kimbriell Kelly of Los Angeles Times
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 13 at 2:30pm
  • Location: Texas C
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Police body and dash camera footage can be some of the best evidence, especially in officer-involved shootings. This session will teach you how to pry footage loose from police departments and how to interpret it. You'll hear from the attorney who forced the release of the Laquan McDonald footage in Chicago, a former police trainer and a criminal justice reporter.

Speaker Bios

  • Kimbriell Kelly is deputy editor for Enterprise & Investigations at the D.C. Bureau of the LA Times. A former investigative reporter at The Washington Post, she was part of a team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize documenting fatal police shootings; also a 2019 Pulitzer finalist for series on unsolved murders. Her 2016 series on housing disparities won an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, and prior housing reporting sparked a lawsuit resulting in an $8.7 billion settlement. @kimbriell

  • Seth Stoughton is an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he studies the regulation of policing. He is a former municipal police officer and state investigation. @PoliceLawProf

  • Matt Topic is a government transparency and media lawyer who has represented scores of clients in hundreds of state and federal transparency and First Amendment cases, usually at no cost. Matt was the attorney responsible for forcing the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago. His pursuit of Rahm Emanuel’s so-called private emails on behalf of the Better Government Association earned BGA the 2017 Eugene S. Pulliam First Amendment Award from the SPJ.

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