According to the Dallas Police Department, an employee accidentally deleted eight terabytes worth of crime data during a data migration back in April. The revelation is just now being revealed.
The lost files, which included “images, video, audio, case notes or other items collected by DPD personnel in the course of their routine daily duties,” have now thrown numerous court cases into jeopardy.
District Attorney John Creuzot has said that the “the number and identification of specific cases affected” by the incident “is currently unknown.”
Why didn’t the police department tell everybody sooner?
According to them: “It was our intention to fully evaluate whether the data was recoverable or not to know the full extent of the problem if any.”
According to Bearing Arms, “The DA says he’s still not sure how many cases have been impacted, but 8TB is a lot of data, and it’s a fair assumption that we’re not going to be talking about a handful of charges that might ultimately have to be dismissed as a result of the screw up.”
Because of the data loss, at least one murder suspect was granted bond because of the data loss.