Metro, software firm agree on third party to sort out video loss

Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 5:25pm

Metro and the company it blamed for losing 1,300 videos of police in-car footage have agreed on a third party to sort out what went wrong.

ICOP Digital Inc. and Metro have selected Deloitte & Touche LLP as the third party that will try to determine which party, Metro Nashville Police Department or ICOP, was responsible for the deletion of the videos and if more may be recovered.

Last week, just before the Metro Council voted on a resolution seeking to hold a special hearing on the matter, the Metro Department of Law and lawyers from ICOP reached an agreement that would allow a third party to sort out what went wrong.

The council deferred the resolution until September.

Metro Director of Law Sue Cain said both sides chose Deloitte & Touche in part because of its resources and the need to move forward with the review as quickly as possible.

“They decided on trying to pick someone who would have enough people to do this quickly and have the reputation that people would trust,” Cain said.

Deloitte & Touche, ICOP and Metro are still working on an agreement to determine the specifics of the review.

“I think the first step will be identifying what went wrong with the system, and then the second step will be doing the recovery,” she said.

MNPD announced on Aug. 5 that on May 25 and 26 a remotely operated ICOP software update caused the deletion of 1,600 recorded traffic stops, including DUI arrests.

The department’s Information Technology Division later recovered about 100 of those videos, while ICOP recovered another 200.

But in response to the MNPD statement, ICOP took to its website and posted an “open letter” to Chief Steve Anderson stating that a change to the department’s server settings caused the videos to be deleted and then purged entirely from the server.

Metro and ICOP agreed last week that the party determined to be at fault would pay for the cost of recovering any more videos that can be recovered. If Deloitte & Touche can’t determine the party at fault, the two parties would split the cost.