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What Can Investigators Learn From Your Cell Phone?

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Sacramento County District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert points to a picture of the scene during her press conference announcing her office's findings in the case of the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

District Attorney Anne-Marie Schubert announced her decision not to file charges against the two officers who fatally shot Stephon Clark in March 2018. In her presentation, she spoke at length about Clark’s state of mind based on the contents of his cellphone — which the officers who killed him say they mistook for a gun — including text messages, emails, and his calling history. The data was collected by the DA’s office during their investigation into the shooting.

Arthur Bowie of CSU Sacramento’s Division of Criminal Justice joins Beth Ruyak to discuss the wider implications of the practice of searching a victim’s cell phone and the decision to announce its contents to the public.

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