NEW YORK — Security cameras at a Brooklyn subway station where an armed suspect opened fire in April, injuring 10 people during rush hour, failed days earlier. However, the outage was not detected for a full day and “inadequate” protocols delayed repairs, an MTA Office of Inspector General (OIG) report found.
Security cameras failure probe on April 12 36th Street The shooting at Sunset Park began shortly after a shooting earlier that day at the hands of suspected gunman Frank James.
Police had previously acknowledged that security cameras at three stations were not working that morning, including one 36th Street,
According to the OIG’s findings, revealed Thursday, “staffing, maintenance and lack of internal controls significantly delayed the discovery that the video was not being broadcast and the eventual repair of the network.”
The researchers said there was no evidence that the disruption was intentional. And while the exact cause of the network failure is unclear at this time, the OIG investigation has determined that cameras at all three stations went off on April 8 at 5:21 p.m. ET. workers of NYC Transit The OIG office said they learned of the problem 24 hours later, and the group responsible for maintaining the network was not notified of the outage until two days later. Read the full report.
Network repairs began on the morning of April 11, the researchers said, more than two full days after the outage began. The OIG said that due to limited staff there were delays in both discovering and repairing the problems. Inadequate training for the group in charge of maintaining camera network equipment and “poor” maintenance protocols for network equipment were also identified as contributors to the overall problem, the researchers said.
After the April 12 attack on the station 36th Street in Sunset Park, sources tell our sister network NBC New York that the inability to access the station’s cameras slowed down the investigation. He said that if it were not for the cell phone video, the recording of the immediate aftermath of the suspect opening fire on a packed N-line train and killing 10 people would have been non-existent.
However, other MTA cameras provided useful footage that day.
“It’s about maintenance,” Acting Inspector General Elizabeth Keating said Thursday in releasing the OIG report. “Shortage of staff in maintenance positions is real and is a very widespread problem affecting the operations of NYC Transit,
NYC Transit According to the report, it has already taken steps to address the OIG’s preliminary findings and recommendations. The agency says it has implemented a formal reporting protocol for maintenance issues and begun transitioning to a reporting system. software Which provides better technology to track and generate work orders.
The MTA has nearly 10,000 cameras at 472 subway stations, and other cameras at nearby stations helped police track James’ movements before and after the shooting.
James also reportedly left a bag containing weapons, smoke grenades, and the keys to a U-Haul truck that he had driven. The truck was found parked near a station where authorities believe he entered the subway dressed in construction clothing. He was arrested the next day in New York and charged with a federal terrorism offense.
James has pleaded not guilty. His trial is expected to begin early next year.