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CHICAGO (AP) — A police dash-cam video that captures a white Chicago officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times has no sound, nor do videos from four
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The silence is almost sure to figure into the ongoing federal investigation of the case, and it raises questions about whether officers were careless with the
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“When you’ve got a standup cop with nothing to hide, the dash-cam is his friend,” said Gregg Stutchman, who has specialized in video forensics in California for 23 years. “But for cops who aren’t quite as standup, it would make sense that they wouldn’t want things recorded.”

Several experts on the type of equipment commonly installed in police vehicles told The Associated Press that it’s plausible for a single squad car to have a glitch preventing sound recording. But they could not imagine how an entire fleet of Women’s Nike Personalized Carolina Panthers Elite Alternate Powder Blue NFL Jersey cars would ever lose audio at the same time and place by mere happenstance.

“I’ve never heard of it before,” Stutchman said. “It raises a red flag.”Customized Bears Jersey The more likely explanation is that audio was intentionally switched off, he said.

The silent video at the core of the shooting case in Chicago shows officer Jason Van Dyke stepping out of his car on Oct. 20, 2014, and almost immediately opening fire on Laquan McDonald as he walks away from officers. Van Dyke continues to fire on the 17-year-old even after he crumples to the ground.

On the same day that the video was released last week by the city, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder.

Dash-cam video and audio should switch on automatically when a vehicle’s emergency lights are activated. If the lights are not used during an incident, Personalized NFL Football Jersey officers should turn on the system manually, according to a directive on the police department’s website.

Sound can be central to understanding what happened at a crime scene, said Ed Primeau, a Michigan-based audio and video forensics expert.

ASSOCIATED PRESSIn this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being shot by officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. Van Dyke,Men’s Nike Personalized Buffalo Bills Elite Team Color Royal Blue NFL Football Jersey, who shot McDonald 16 times, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (Chicago Police Department via AP)

In the Chicago shooting, audio would have enabled investigators to gauge the level of anxiety among officers as they pursued McDonald, Primuea said. And sound could have been critical to piecing together how things played out in the minutes before the shooting as officers spoke to each other or to a dispatcher over their radios.

“That gives you a whole play-by-play, like who is coming around the corner in a chase or which officer is going where,” he said. “It can help with the entire narrative.”

Without sound, it’s hard to know just when the shooting started and stopped. Did the shots come in quick succession or was there a pause between bursts of gunfire? And just what did Van Dyke and fellow officers say in the seconds before Van Dyke opened fire? What, if anything, did McDonald say to them?

Neither police nor state prosecutors have offered a detailed explanation of why there is no audio with the video.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi suggested that the absence of audio was probably an unforeseen technological fault. In an email to The Associated Press, Customized Bills Jersey he wrote: “As with any technology, at times software issues or operator error may keep the cameras from operating as they normally should.”

Ensuring the audio system is fully functional also requires that officers, usually at the start of their shifts, place a unit that includes a microphone and transmitter on their bodies and make sure it’s synced with the audio system, Stutchman explained.

Some departments have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to required recording.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood described in a Justice Department report how one officer constantly claimed his body camera malfunctioned at the very moment he allegedly engaged in questionable behavior. Forensics later showed he had simply turned off the device. He was pressed to resign.

Said Chitwood, “Our policy says that if you turn it off, you’re done.”

Videos from five Chicago police cars have been released by the city, and none has functioning sound. Videos from three other cars that responded have not been released.

Patrol officers have never liked the idea of being electronically monitored, regarding it as something imposed from the upper brass, Stutchman said.

But, he added, in his experience, better officers are meticulous about making sure at the start of each shift that their audio and video equipment is working.Men’s Nike Personalized Chicago Bears Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt.

Darrel Stephens, executive director of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and a former police chief in North Carolina, echoed that. He said there are malfunctions, or in some cases, officers who forget to switch audio on.

“It’s not a perfect technology. There are times that it doesn’t work very well,” he said.

Texas-based Coban Technologies supplies the dash-cams to Chicago, as it does to Los Angeles. Messages seeking comment from the company were not returned Wednesday.

Some of the Chicago videos released do contain faint buzzes, some of which sound similar to an engine or a siren. Stutchman said those are probably electrical pulses picked up by the dash-cam system that are not actual audio but could mimic sounds of sirens or engines.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has not specified what issues it is investigating.

Primeau said it’s likely that federal authorities would bring in forensics experts to determine why no useable audio seems to exist, with other investigators probably reviewing logs for any notes about how the systems were operating before and after the shooting.

China’s Hunger For iPhones Keeps Growing

Slowdown? What slowdown?

Apple Inc reported blockbuster iPhone sales in China, suggesting that worries about the company’s growth trajectory in the world’s second-largest economy are overdone.

Apple’s shares rose nearly 3 percent in early trading on Wednesday.

The stock Customized NFL Football Jersey has lost about 7 percent of its value in the past three months as investors fret that the slowing Chinese economy would derail Apple’s successful run in the country.

Apple’s sales in Greater China, including Taiwan and Hong Kong, nearly doubled in the third quarter, accounting for nearly a quarter of the company’s total sales.Men’s Nike Custom Made Cincinnati Bengals Elite Team Color Black NFL Football Jersey.

“If the Chinese consumer is pulling back on spending Customized Bears Jersey then it seems to be either at the very high luxury end or maybe on some of the everyday non-essential items,” Atlantic Equities analyst James Cordwell said.

“I think the smartphone is increasingly viewed as an essential in China. So, I don’t see the economy weighing significantly on Apple growth over the next few quarters.”Youth Nike Cincinnati Bengals Customized Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey.

Apple’s results follow stronger-than-expected earnings from companies including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Nike Inc.

RISING MIDDLE CLASS

Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook downplayed concerns about China on Tuesday.

“If I … just look at how many customers Customized Bengals Jersey are coming in our stores regardless of whether they are buying, how many people are coming online and in addition to looking at our sales trends, I would not know there was any economic issue at all in China,” Cook said on a conference call.

Many large U.S. companies, including United Technologies Corp and General Electric Co, have expressed concerns about China’s slowing growth.

However, William Blair analyst Anil Doradla said Apple has several factors in its favor.

“These include the rising middle class and stronger purchasing power in the emerging markets, especially China and India, combined with the company facing little or no competition in the high end of the market,” Doradla wrote in a note.Women’s Nike Custom Chicago Bears Elite Team Color Navy Blue NFL Jersey.

Few analysts changed their price target on Apple’s stock after the results and only Pacific Crest changed its rating, upgrading the stock to “overweight” from “sector weight”,Men’s Nike Personalized Chicago Bears Elite Away White NFL Football Jersey Shirt  according to Thomson Reuters data.

Of 50 analysts covering the stock, 41 rate it “buy” or higher, while only one rates it “sell,” according to Thomson Reuters data. Their median price target is $150.

Apple’s stock was trading at $117.35 after the open.