Burgess v. Fischer, No. 3:10-cv-00024, 2012 WL 3811863 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 4, 2012)

Key Insight: Court granted defendants? motion for summary judgment as to plaintiff?s claim of spoliation related to video footage of the alleged excessive force where the tape was destroyed pursuant to the jail?s document retention policy after five days and plaintiff?s case was not filed for almost one year and where the court indicated there was no evidence that defendants knew litigation was probable; court did note in footnote, however, that five days is a short retention time and that ?a prudent jail would keep the video of a takedown incident for a longer period of time?

Nature of Case: Claims of excessive force against police officers

Electronic Data Involved: Video surveillance footage

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