Not one of my customers, but in my backyard.
Yes, the reporter and the LE official are correct.
Video clips do require a warrant if the crime does not involve the customer directly, by policy. Still frames are generally released with a statement of disclaimer on them. I write them all the time.
I have had some customers release still frames and videos of suspects only to find out it was the person next to them, just prior to or after the suspect in line.
I set up a hidden system for a customer in Charlotte a few years ago to capture evidence of a repeated biohazard event by an UNSUB ( I always wanted to write that !). The suspect was captured on video doing exactly what we suspected. I was out of town at the time, but I had strongly urged the customer to contact me when/if the event happened again before releasing any evidence. They chose to ignore my advice and release the video to the police and the media. The video was of the offender, but incorrectly identified him as an employee of a different vendor (turns out jackets can be picked up at a thrift store). The customer, in his zeal for vengeance, released the video anyway and threatened a lawsuit. The incorrectly identified vendor countered with their own lawsuit if a public retraction was not issued. Pretty embarrassing for our customer.
The part of the policy that bugs you is manufactured by the legal department, but minimizing risk and exposure is what they get paid to do.
IPVMU Certified | 05/25/16 03:07pm
What does your disclaimer look like? Would like an example, please.