Columbus police: 100,000 dash cam files accidentally deleted

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Columbus police say they’re investigating an employee’s accidental deletion of about 100,000 dashboard camera video files.

The police agency in central Ohio says its Columbus Police Technical Services Bureau learned last week of the mass deletion of the files, which happened May 8.

Police Chief Kim Jacobs says most of the files were from 2015. She says police are investigating whether the files can be retrieved.

She says the impact on pending cases is unclear. Officials are trying to determine what videos may have contained evidence, and whether they had already been transferred to detectives’ or prosecutors’ files.

Jacobs also says about one in four of the files involve recordings that wouldn’t be relevant to criminal matters. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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