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How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators

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When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Zapruder film provided investigators with key evidence of the shooting. Fifty years later, crime scene investigation has evolved into a complex science, and now, with smartphones, and other mobile devices, video footage of events is readily available to assist investigators in solving crimes.

In the second half of Wednesday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with experts about what tools investigators have at their disposal including cell phone video, private surveillance video, streetlight mounted cameras and more – and the legalities of seizing video from private cameras.

Guests:

  • Gary Kessler, associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Travis Forbes, deputy chief at the Independence Police Department
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.