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 The Washington Post
  • 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 a reporter on the Investigative Unit at The Washington Post and was part of the newspaper's team that won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for documenting the number of fatal police-involved shootings. Kelly was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2019 as one of the lead reporters for the Murder with Impunity series, a more than year-long examination of homicides in major cities across the United States. @kimbriellwapo

  • 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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