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 the Deputy Editor for Enterprise and Investigations at the Los Angeles Times, Washington, D.C. Bureau. Prior to joining the Times in June, Kelly was a reporter on the Investigative Unit at The Washington Post, where she was part of the team that won a Pulitzer in 2015 for the examination of officer-involved shootings. She was a Pulitzer finalist in 2019 for her work on "Murder with Impunity,” a series on unsolved homicides. @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 eads Loevy & Loevy’s Freedom of Information Act practice.  Matt has litigated hundreds of state and federal FOIA and other media cases around the country, often and reduced or no cost to clients, including release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in Chicago; records from the Mueller investigation; Rahm Emanuel’s “private emails” about public business; and FBI records that helped lead to the exoneration of an innocent man.

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