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Investigators will review many hours of footage of the ambush in east Charlotte

‘Astronomical’: Investigators will review many hours of footage of the east Charlotte ambush

On April 29, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was inundated with 911 calls as law enforcement members were victims of an ambush in east Charlotte.

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“Police. It’s a lot of gunfire. Shots on Ruth Drive between Galway and Kerry Lane,” a resident told the operator as a gun battle raged outside her door.

Now, almost three weeks later, the calls from residents caught up in the chaos have been released, adding another piece to the investigation.

While analysis of that horrific attack on Galway Drive is still in its early stages, there is one major piece of evidence that has yet to be scanned: body camera footage.

It’s difficult for anyone to imagine the amount of body camera footage recovered from the attack and investigators will have to rewatch each clip several times to ensure nothing is missed.

Dr.  Janne Gaub, associate professor of criminal justice at UNCCDr.  Janne Gaub, associate professor of criminal justice at UNCC

Dr. Janne Gaub, associate professor of criminal justice at UNCC

Dr. Janne Gaub is an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in their Criminal Justice Department and an expert on police body cameras.

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“I’m assuming every officer in that encounter was wearing a camera,” Gaub told veteran crime reporter Glenn Counts, “the sheer amount of footage will be astronomical.”

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Investigators must review each officer’s body camera footage, from the time it was broadcast to the time the standoff ended.

“If you and I are both involved in an incident, my footage will show something different than your footage simply because we’re not in the same place at the same time,” Gaub said.

Officials say 12 officers fired shots during the incident. Gaub says all video footage is important, even from officers who did not fire their weapons.

“If you look at the footage from the perspective of someone who did not shoot, but capture something in the footage that is important to give context to the entire situation, why did these officers shoot, why did only these officers shoot?”

Members of internal affairs, investigators and higher-ups will all look at the footage multiple times.

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“I actually feel really bad for all those people who have to sit there and watch it and probably watch it multiple times, especially because they might know these people, and so that’s a really hard thing to have to watch,” Gaub said.

Gaub told Counts it could take weeks or months for all that footage to be properly reviewed and suspects only a small percentage of it will be made public.

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