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LEVA Chosen To Analyze Vancouver Riot Video

The Forensic Video Analysis Response Team will review about 1,600 hours of video evidence and close to a million photographs.

The Vancouver (British Columbia) Police Department has sought the help of the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA) to analyze video of the riot that followed the Vancouver Canucks’ Stanley Cup finals loss.

LEVA has activated its Forensic Video Analysis Response Team to review about 1,600 hours of video evidence and close to a million photographs recorded during the June 15 riot. The analysis will include efforts to identify suspects and verify every instance of criminal activity.

About 40 LEVA forensic video analysts and technicians from across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom are scheduled to meet on Sept. 26 at the LEVA Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing Lab at the University of Indianapolis for two-weeks.

“The logistics of managing the processing and analysis of all this data is daunting, but this project will demonstrate the power of this lab and the relationship these analysts have with LEVA and their agencies,” said Grant Fredericks, technical manager for the project and owner and operator of Forensic Video Solutions, Inc.

Government-based surveillance cameras do not blanket Vancouver, so most of the video evidence has been provided by citizens who documented the riot with cameras and cell phones, and some has been acquired from private CCTV systems. Vancouver police encouraged citizens to upload video and photos of the riot to a number of websites. “From a social media perspective, this is the first time that the public could participate in such a holistic way in an active investigation,” Fredericks said.