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Thousands of Police Videos Lost in Columbia

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Columbia police lost about 6,300 videos from patrol vehicles’ dashboard cameras when a server crashed.

Police say only a few of the videos contained useful evidence. Chief Ken Burton says the problem occurred last week when a server that stores dashboard camera videos crashed after repeated malfunctions.

Information systems analyst Richard Jenkins says technicians weren’t able to restore the information.

The server is running again but a new server could cost the department $22,000.

The Columbia Tribune reported Thursday that any videos from the 60 days before the server crash that were not tagged as important evidence and backed up on DVD are gone.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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