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How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators

Nov 13, 2013

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.

Advances in technology mean much more footage of public events is available today than in 1963.
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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.


  • Gary Kessler, associate professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  • Travis Forbes, deputy chief at the Independence Police Department