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A Little Techie Stuff. How To Recover Lost Pics And Vids

You may just be a goof like me and hit the wrong button.   Hey it was an accident. Know what? I froze, I googled, and I found a program and got files back. Now if you read this there could be other reasons you want/need them back. Good luck                          ~ Steve~


May. 9, 2013 10:44am Liz Klimas   www.theblaze.com


Last week, the story of parents who had their baby seized by police went viral. Video shows Sacramento Police Department officers entering the home of Anna and Alex Nikolayev without a warrant and saying they were going to “grab” the baby and advising the parents not to resist or fight. The Russian couple’s lawyer though believes law enforcement and child protective services overstepped their bounds.

Now imagine how difficult this portion of the case could be without video evidence. Image if the video and pictures of police taking the baby away were deleted.

Carlos Miller, who runs the Photography Is Not a Crime blog, has had content on his recording equipment deleted a couple times by law enforcement, he believes. And he has a message for those who have had pictures or video deleted by cops or accidentally by themselves: “It doesn’t completely disappear.”

In fact, Miller last year was acquitted from all charges after he was able to recover deleted video showing he was not resisting arrest or breaking any other laws. He is now trying to obtain enough evidence to bring a case against the Miami police department and the individual he believes wrongfully took his camera and deleted its content.

Everything Miller learned about recovering deleted images and video was self-taught from the Web and help from a tech friend. The most important thing to know, he said, is to not take any more photos or video if you believe your content has been deleted.

Once you realize that video has been deleted, put your camera aside and figure out a way to recover it,” he said.

There are programs that can help you recover such content. Pictures are easier to get back than video due to the size.

For photos stored on Millers Sandisk memory card, the program recommended that he used is RescuePro. Video was a bit tricker because it took longer to sift through all the recovered content to find the portions he was looking for, but he used the program PhotoRec.

Just recently Alex Heid with Federal Jack and HackMiami went through this process when his own video, which deleted allegedly by Miami police upon his arrest. He details in this video how he recovered his footage:

Even better than going through any of this process though is to not put yourself in a situation where your footage could be deleted in the first place. The easiest way to protect against this is by password protecting your phone, which is the device Miller said the average citizen

would likely be using to film or take pictures these days.

Another recommendation Miller had was to consider using an app that would automatically begin transferring pictures and video into cloud storage. On a PINAC forum is a discussion on just these types of programs.

One user with an Android phone suggests Bambuser and Dropbox.

Dropbox will automatically upload video (or pictures) when off button is pushed or recording stopped. Just make sure the app is running in the background. Not live streaming, will only upload after recording stopped,” rick wrote. “Bambuser is live streaming and will continue to record and upload even after off button is pushed. Unsent data is saved to phone and can be uploaded later to complete video record. As always, test these apps under different situations and know their ins and outs.”

Dropbox, another user cautions though, won’t upload video on iOS devices unless the user is connected to WiFi, but it will do so through a data package on Android.

So, whether you accidentally hit the trash button or if your photos and video were purposefully deleted, these are methods you can recover or preserve your data.

Miller’s ultimate goal is to change a mentality he thinks some officers have when it comes to “creating their own truth.”

Cops have to rethink that they can’t just create their own truth anymore,” Miller said.

Related: HERE


Honoring Fallen K-9s


‘These K-9s are just so special’

KATU: Clark County law enforcement honored their fallen K-9 companions on Wednesday and now have a permanent reminder of the partners they have lost.

These K-9s are just so special,” Christ Sutter, Interim Police Chief for the Vancouver Police Department, told a crowd that had gathered at the East Precinct to dedicate a plaque for fallen K-9s of Clark County. “They not only protect our community but they literally protect the lives of our officers on high risk, very dangerous calls.

And sometimes a K-9 doesn’t survive one of those calls, as was the case in 2007 during a standoff in Brush Prairie, Wash. That’s when Dakota, a 5-year-old German Shepherd that worked with the Vancouver Police Department, was shot and killed.

The man who shot Dakota, Ronald J. Chenette, was sentenced to life in prison in 2009. His sentence was dictated by a ‘three strikes’ law that locks away felons for life after three violent crimes. His first two strikes were second-degree murder (he killed a drug dealer) and second-degree assault.

Bronze statue of Dakota, also pictured above.

Bronze statue of Dakota, also pictured above.

The loss of Dakota was a tough one for the department and especially for Officer Roger Evans, the dog’s handler. During a remembrance in 2007 following Dakota’s death, Officer Evans said “Dakota, thank you for being a great partner, a friend, companion, police dog. Thank you for protecting my fellow officers and me. Thank you for being a warrior and thank you for dying a hero. Dakota, you were a good boy.

In 2008, a Milwaukie artist created a sculpture of Dakota and it was put on display at the East Precinct. But other than the police officers who work there, no one really knew what it represented.

“Up until this time when people came into our lobby they saw this wonderful sculpture and we all knew what it was for – memorializing Dakota. But the public didn’t know,” Chief Sutter said.

A woman who stopped by the police department a few years ago to report a suspicious call on her cell phone took a special interest in Dakota’s statue and decided there should be something there to recognize the K-9, and the others that lost their lives while serving the public.

Jean Morris helped fund the creation of a plaque, which now sits next to Dakota’s statue and has his picture on it, and saw the project through to its completion. At the dedication, she received an honorary plaque of her own as a thank you from the police department. “I just feel really invested in it,” she said. “I’m just so pleased with the results and so absolutely stunned that I’m getting the attention that I am.”

“To have the community supporting our officers and our K-9 program means everything,” Chief Sutter said. “The members of the community have helped pay for our K-9s as we have needed to replace them – sometimes due to tragic circumstances, such as the death of Dakota, but in other circumstances too.”

The Vancouver Police Department has four K-9 teams. Officer Evans, who lost Dakota, now has a new K-9 partner, Eron.

“May you always run fast, bite hard, and fear nothing”.


The Drone Report

Ben Swann’s Reality Check is a regular feature of Cincinnati Fox 19.  Commenters on his Facebook page asked how he gets away with covering stories none of the other MSM will touch.  He said it’s because, despite it’s name, Fox 19 is not under the restraint of a big media corporation.  It is fully-employee owned and the reporters are allowed much greater editorial discretion.  That’s why “it’s the news you won’t hear anywhere else.”

Land of the Free or Police State?

In Illinois, and probably other states as well, it’s a Class A felony for a private citizen or bystander to tape record or video a law enforcement official without consent.  Police officers are not held to the same law and routinely record conversations.    

H/T  Kelleigh


Retired Sheriff Incarcerated in Jail Named After Him

Via news.yahoo.com:

Former “sheriff of the year” arrested and sent to jail named after him

Every civil servant wants to experience his or her legacy firsthand–but not the way that onetime Arapahoe Sheriff Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. has. Sullivan, a nationally renowned law enforcement leader, was arrested on drug charges and is now being detained in the Denver area jail that bears his name.

Sullivan, who in 2001 was named the National Sheriff Association’s “Sheriff of the Year,” was arrested on suspicion of trafficking methamphetamines.

Local news station CBS4 began an investigation of Sullivan last month on a tip that he had agreed to meet a male informant, providing drugs in exchange for sex. He was subsequently arrested by the South Metro Drug Task Force and is currently being held on a $250,000 bond.

And in an incredible twist of fate, Sullivan now cooling his heels at The Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility, named in his honor.


As recently as 2008, Sullivan was an active participant in state and local methamphetamine task forces, helping Colorado draft a plan to deal with the surge in meth-related crime.

In 1995 President Bill Clinton named Sullivan to the National Commission on Crime Prevention and Control. According to a 1995 White House news release, Sullivan was a consultant to U.S. House Subcommittee on Crime and served on two advisory councils affiliated with the Department of Justice.

You will find the whole story here.

LOL – No, you really cannot make this stuff up.


When Commies Attack

Speaking for myself, I hope the cops beat the crap out of the punks.

Additionally,  twenty of their malodorous comrades were arrested by Atlanta police officers for refusing to leave Woodruff Park by eleven pm.

I have to admit I am surprised Mayor Kasim Reed (think Obama, Jr.) is actually allowing the cops to arrest the parasite-infested trespassers.

Perhaps he is worried the private park’s owners are going to sue the city for damages.


(h/t: boortz.com)

Danny Thomas Must Be Spinning in His Grave

Tomorrow is the Day of Rage

I just checked their website and found the many helpful resources listed for the convenience of the participants/ragers.  Along with the helpful advice on  interacting with law enforcement and the importance of maintaining jail solidarity, it also provides a link that lists all the public restrooms.  Apparently, the DOR budget does not extend to renting Porta-Potties.

Prominent in the upper right hand corner is the YOUTUBE of their theme song, “FREE TO BE YOU AND ME” by Marlo Thomas.   I don’t know if it’s with her approval or not.   ~LTG

I think they’re hoping for something like a replay of this 1999 event in Seattle.  However, that was a major international event, a meeting of the World Trade Delegates.  This 9/17 Day of Rage is more in line with a test drive of social media.


Crimefighter Tech or Big Brother? You Decide

There’s a computer software that’s shaking up law enforcement, called the most important tool in the field of Crime Fighting. It’s COPLINK.

COPLINK is a product of i2 Technologies, Inc., a supply chain management software and services company founded in Dallas in 1998. COPLINK is intended as a cutting-edge tool to assist law enforcement. Los Angeles County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca has given his endorsement: “COPLINK is one of the most powerful weapons we have in our arsenal, arming the human sensor at their point of need and enabling us to act quickly, decisively and correctly.”

On its webpage, i2 promises that:

COPLINK organizes vast quantities of seemingly unrelated data to provide tactical, strategic and command-level users with access to shared data in a single, or multiple, consolidated repositories. Its proven ability to quickly identify investigative leads helps agencies solve crimes faster, thereby helping to keep officers and communities safer.

COPLINK seamlessly scales from single data source deployments to regional information sharing initiatives, tying multiple agencies and data sources together. COPLINK is used in fusion centers, police and sheriff’s departments across the U.S. and currently supports one of the largest information sharing initiatives in the world.

Created by practitioners for practitioners, COPLINK provides the most advanced privacy and security features, ensuring the right information is in the hands of first responders, analysts and commanders, when and where they need it.

A couple of thoughts:

  • With this technology, why do we still have full body scanners in airports?
  • The same COPLINK computer technology can also be used to assemble “vast quantities of seemingly unrelated data” on ordinary noncriminal citizens like you and me — assuming that it hasn’t already been done….

~Eowyn & LTG

That’s What Friends Are For


A Gift from the Sheriff

“Hello, is this the Sheriff’s Office?” “Yes. What can I do for you?” “I’m calling to report ’bout my neighbor Virgil Smith. He’s hidin’ marijuana inside his firewood! Don’t quite know how he gets it inside them logs, but he’s hidin’ it there.” “Thank you very much for the call, sir.” The next day, the Sheriff’s Deputies descend on Virgil’s house. They search the shed where the firewood is kept Using axes, they bust open every piece of wood, but find no marijuana. They sneer at Virgil and leave. Shortly, the phone rings at Virgil’s house. “Hey, Virgil! This here’s Floyd. Did the Sheriff come?” “Yeah!” “Did they chop your firewood?” “Yep!” “Happy Birthday, buddy!”


Two of the Year’s Best Comeback Responses



If you ever testify in court, you might wish you could have been as sharp as this policeman. He was being cross-examined by a defense attorney during a felony trial. The lawyer was trying to undermine the police officer’s credibility. 

Q: “Officer, did you see my client fleeing the scene?” 

A: ‘No sir. But I subsequently observed a person matching the description of the offender, running several blocks away.’

Q: ‘Officer, who provided this description?’

A: ‘The officer who responded to the scene.’

Q: ‘A fellow officer provided the description of this so-called offender. Do you trust your fellow officers?’

A: ‘Yes, sir. With my life.’

Q: ‘With your life? Let me ask you this then officer. Do you have a room where you change your clothes in preparation for your daily duties?’

A: ‘Yes sir, we do!’

Q: ‘And do you have a locker in the room?’

A: ‘Yes, sir, I do.’

Q: ‘And do you have a lock on your locker?’

A: ‘Yes, sir.’

Q: ‘Now, why is it officer, if you trust your fellow officers with your life, you find it necessary to lock your locker in a room you share with these same officers?’

A: ‘You see, sir, we share the building with the court complex, and sometimes lawyers have been known to walk through that room.’

The courtroom EXPLODED with laughter and a prompt recess was called. The officer on the stand has been nominated for this year’s ‘Best Comeback’ line — and we think he’ll win.

Number 2:

Now We Know Why He Was a General 


In an recent interview, General Norman Schwarzkopf was asked if he thought there was room for forgiveness toward the people who have harbored and abetted the terrorists who perpetrated the 9/11 attacks on America.

His answer was classic Schwarzkopf.

The General said, “I believe that forgiving them is God’s function. OUR job is to arrange the meeting.”

~Steve~                                       A Big H/T  FS