Alderman Donovan calls for DOJ audit of Milwaukee Police Department IT
Alderman says video data snafu part of a “pattern” of issues
Alderman Donovan, a member of the Common Council’s Public Safety Committee, said the MediaSolv video evidence “catastrophe” is part of “a disturbing pattern” of MPD IT difficulties that affect public safety and warrant a deeper review. “I am sending a letter today to the DOJ asking that an intensive audit be conducted, looking at the police department’s IT and data practices,” he said.
“There have been a variety of problems with the department’s systems, and we have an obligation to our citizens to find out the truth to ensure that these problems do not continue or happen again,” Alderman Donovan said.
In January, a hardware malfunction caused data stored on the Milwaukee Police Department’s MediaSolv system to become inaccessible, including the video recordings of suspect interviews in high-profile criminal cases. The hardware was sent to a vendor, who is working to recover the lost data.
Alderman Donovan said sources have indicated that in December 2014, someone hacked into the MPD web site – a disturbing development that he believes is not connected to the video evidence crisis. “But the bottom line is that these problems seem to keep happening, and we need independent eyes on the MPD’s systems to tell us how the issues can be avoided in the future,” he said.
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