Security Footage is a Valuable Asset that must not be Taken Lightly
The video of the Ray Rice assault is appalling, and if it weren’t for TMZ gaining access to the video and releasing it to the public, he might have never received the punishment that he now has.
This raises a whole slew of questions, but what does this say about the importance of security products? Obviously the placement and quality of the videos allowed the truth of the incident to easily be seen. Even though Rice was not formally charged with assault, the video eliminates eye witness accounts and replaces them with empirical evidence.
The majority of these products are put in place to eliminate theft and other crimes that can be done against the casinos and hotels. This time however, that evidence was used by the NFL to eliminate a player from the league and attempt to change their image.
The judge who oversaw the proceedings of Rice’s charges let him go prior to a court date thanks to a pre-trial intervention. He claims that Rice was treated the exact same way any other member of society would have been treated in that situation, but it is hard to see the video and not wonder why jail time was not a given.
What would you have done if you were in charge of monitoring that footage? Would you have leaked it or alerted the authorities? The NFL has already said that it tried to get access to the full video but was rebuffed. Some question how an organization as seemingly powerful as the NFL was not able to get access to the video when it pertained to one of their own while TMZ was able to gain access and share it with the public at large.
Ultimately the truth regarding the incident got out in the most clear and concise way possible, and that is what matters. However, going forward it will be important to see how businesses with important footage react to these situations.
Posted by Matt Holden on Sep 10, 2014