Thousands of Columbia Police Videos Lost
COLUMBIA (AP) - Columbia police lost about 6,300 videos from patrol vehicles' dashboard cameras when a server crashed. Police say only a few of the videos contained useful evidence.
Chief Ken Burton says the problem occurred last week when a server that stores dashboard camera videos crashed after repeated malfunctions.
Information systems analyst Richard Jenkins says technicians weren't able to restore the information.
The server is running again but a new server could cost the department $22,000.
The Columbia Tribune reported Thursday that any videos from the 60 days before the server crash that were not tagged as important evidence and backed up on DVD are gone.