By Christa Miller
Amateur video shot from a cell phone can be important evidence of a variety of different crimes: assault, property crimes, drug crimes and even homicide. But you may not always recover the video from a suspect or victim. If it comes from a witness, you need to take a few things into account before asking them to hand their phone over.
1. Can you “collect” a phone video by simply watching it?
In New York City, police collected bystanders' cell phones that contained videos taken of the August Times Square confrontation with, and fatal shooting of, Darrius Kennedy.