Crawford v. City of New London, No. 3:11CV1371 (JBA), 2014 WL 2168430 (D. Conn. May 23, 2014)

Key Insight: Spoliation sanctions were not appropriate where original footage on hard drive was recorded over in compliance with standard retention procedures, because: (1) defendants preserved a DVD copy of the video per standard practice, (2) plaintiff failed to present any evidence that the copy was of a lesser quality than the original, other than to allege that it was stored in a format that was inconvenient for enhancement, (3) defendants did not have control over the original security footage nor were they involved in its destruction, (4) recording over original footage occurred long before duty to preserve was triggered, and (5) there was no evidence beyond the fact of destruction itself that would support an inference that the original recording was unfavorable to defendants

Nature of Case: Excessive force claims in connection with plaintiff’s arrest

Electronic Data Involved: Hard drive containing original surveillance footage of plaintiff’s arrest

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