UPDATED 3:04 PM PT – Saturday, July 10, 2021
The federal government has paid a tech contractor $6.1 million to create a database of evidence from the Jan. 6 protest. A court filing this week showed the Justice Department contracted Deloitte Financial Advisory Services to organize thousands of hours of body-cam footage and more than one million social media videos.
“The government is working to provide an unprecedented amount of materials in the most comprehensive and usable format to defense counsel,” said Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadia Moore and William Dreher.
The FBI is also allegedly using facial recognition technology in order to scan massive amounts of collected video to isolate images of individual suspects.
The investigation into the Capitol Hill protesters has been called the largest criminal probe in U.S. history. Sources said the government could end up paying nearly $26 million for the still-incomplete database, that has slowed the cases of more than 500 alleged protesters facing charges.
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