DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After the city of Dallas admitted last month that one of its IT workers lost data in April, the city said it was not intentional.
But at a meeting on Friday, September 10, of the new ad hoc committee on general investigations and ethics, executive assistant to Dallas police chief Albert Martinez said the city wanted to take a closer look what had happened.
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“I couldn’t prove it, I couldn’t refute that a deliberate act took place in this data deletion.”
The employee was fired on August 27, the same day the city revealed more data had been lost.
The city said the same employee was responsible for the previous data loss.
Martinez told the committee: “This new information has prompted us to come back to it for another investigation.”
Martinez said the FBI agreed to help them investigate the case. “This assessment is where they will start to look at all the information, including who is responsible for the technology and our network systems and how it works and what was supposed to happen. We will do a double assessment, but they will be primarily responsible. “
In total, the city has lost over 22 terabytes of data, largely due to DPD.
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Dallas County Deputy Public Defender Brad Lollar told council members the loss of data could impact his clients, including 11 accused of capital murder and two of murder. “I can’t tell them now if we have all the evidence, I can’t do this.”
The city is preparing to publish an internal report on September 30.
Lollar said he did not trust the information in this report. “It is for us in the courthouse like the fox who guards the henhouse.”
The council committee ordered the city attorney’s office to begin the process of hiring an outside law firm to conduct an independent investigation into what happened.
The whole council will vote on this at the end of October.
Committee chair Cara Mendelsohn said: “We need to take steps to build confidence in legal evidence and restore public confidence. “
Mike Mata, president of the Dallas Police Association, said other police departments have their own IT departments and shouldn’t depend on city employees. “In previous council briefings, over the past few years the department has requested funding from the city to have our own IT department within the department so that we can host our own mainframes and make this process a bit cleaner. . “
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In a note to council members, Dallas Police Chief Eddie Garcia said that within the next 30 days, DPD will begin to assess its long-term data collection and storage needs, and report to them at early next year.