LASD Creates Portal for Submitting Crowd-Sourced Photographic Evidence


With cameras as ubiquitous as they are, citizen-provided evidence is becoming more and more substantial when it comes to acquitting or incriminating victims in court. However, no matter how much information is captured, it’s rare for it all to be seen by those in charge of making the critical decisions, as there isn’t an effective way to submit or sort through the media.

To change that, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department has launched a new online app, built around Amazon’s Web Services, to allow anyone to submit photo and video evidence of incidences.

Called Large Emergency Event Digital Information Repository (LEEDIR), the application is available in the browser, on Android, and iOS, meaning no matter the device used, submitting evidence is never more than a few clicks away.

As is to be expected, there are many privacy officials concerned about the use of such a crowdsourced method of evidence-gathering, but those who created LEEDIR claim the LASD and any future forces who will use similar services will be ready to deal effectively.

As of now, the app is being used for but a few specific locations and events, but overtime, as the service is tested, it will continue to expand outward for more general use.

What are your thoughts on gathering crowd-sourced evidence? Could this grow to be considered an invasion of privacy, especially towards the more intimate and personal cases, or will this help provide a more broad, less bias approach to gathering evidence?

(via ArsTechnica via Engadget)

  • Mojo

    This is a hard one. On the one hand, there are privacy concerns, but on the other, if I was being wrongfully arrested or abused by a cop (who seem these days as likely to shoot you as say hello), I’d sure want someone to have that video handy. Post it to the cop’s site, and also to You Tube, in case the cops don’t like their faults exposed and the evidence is deleted.

  • George Johnson

    On the one hand we have stories of togs being arrested or victimised for simply shooting images in public. We’re branded as terrorists, paedophiles or simply a soft-target to bump up Police arrest stats. Next thing the Police are asking us for our images, despite showing us disdain when we shoot in public or simply happen to be in the “wrong place at the wrong time”.

  • The_Michael

    “those who created LEEDIR claim the LAPD and any future forces who will use similar services will be ready to deal effectively.” – because the law enforcement community NEVER abuses things….

  • Jon Peckham

    I will use it to report bad cops . . .

  • Burnin Biomass

    Worlds laziest Big Brother.

  • Matt

    Will go go better than NYPD’s twitter? It would be interesting to see how “fair and balanced” it will be…

  • Jason Yuen

    If the activity captured on camera is on private property and is criminal and/or can lead to a charge, fine, or ticket, there is no privacy concern. If it is captured in a public place, there is also no concern. The only concern is how the stored data is handled and how long it will be stored for before being erased if it turns out to be non-incriminating video or photo. The last thing everyone needs is another TSA blunder where they claimed that footage was not stored and then someone’s naked scan turned up online.

  • Jason Yuen

    That’s kind of cynical. Police forces only have so much manpower. Too many cops and people say their privacy is invaded and it’s an unsafe neighborhood. Too few cops and people say they’re incompetent and that it’s an unsafe neighborhood. This is one of the ways they are extending their reach into otherwise inaccessible criminal activity. Embracing technology is what they’re doing and that’s perfectly fine. Crowd sourcing has its inherent problems, but has overall proved to be beneficial. What suggestions would you make so that they’re not a “lazy big brother”?