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Popularity of video footage can be great help to law enforcement

Technology comes with its perks. Cell phones and computers can make various aspects of our lives much easier and more efficient. A very popular aspect of a phone that most rely on is their camera. Just about everyone is snapping pictures and taking videos all around us.

That reality isn't missed by law enforcement and prosecutors in Colorado. Police no longer simply rely on tips from standers by; they have a wealth of knowledge to gain about certain supposed criminal offenses by checking for video evidence. That evidence can come from multiple sources.

A recent incident at a 4/20 marijuana gathering in Colorado was interrupted by a gunshot. Authorities have found guidance in video footage from the incident that's led them to possible suspects. This is just one example of officials using video to help in their investigations. The Boston Marathon tragedy is a more national example of how various video recordings are available for investigators when an incident occurs.

The recordings can come from city cameras and stores, but they also pour in from civilians who were around when something happened. Most people who follow the news have seen the video after video or picture after picture of the Boston bombing suspects that helped police and the public know who they were looking for. In Denver alone, there are 90 city surveillance cameras that could be used against someone accused of a crime.

Video surveillance can work against criminal suspects, but that's not always the case. Perhaps officials make false assumptions based on the footage. Maybe video surveillance could even help someone's case. An experienced criminal defense attorney would evaluate the best approach in a case depending on the evidence involved.

Source: The Denver Post, "Denver police increasingly rely on video surveillance to solve crime," Sadie Gurman, April 24, 2013

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